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Get to know ... Drew Doughty

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Get to know Drew Doughty ...

  • Finished ninth in scoring among OHL defensemen with 50 points and his nine power-play goals ranked him third on the Guelph Storm in 2007-08.
  • Was one of four 2008 draft-eligible players to help Team Canada win gold at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He was named Top Defenseman of the tournament after recording four assists (0-4--4) in seven games. Doughty became just the fifth Canadian defenseman to have won the award (Marc Staal 2006, Dion Phaneuf 2005, Bryan McCabe 1995, Gord Kluzak 1982) and the first to win the award before being drafted into the NHL.
  • Was named as an alternate captain for the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic and also participated in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic.
  • Doughty was voted Best Offensive Defenseman in the 2007 and 2008 OHL Coaches Poll and was also named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.
  • Represented Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland and in 2006 at the World Under-17 Championship.
  • He wore the number 99 growing up because of his favorite player and idol Wayne Gretzky. Once Gretzky's number was retired he switched to number 19 for Joe Sakic. He now wears number eight because his birthday is December 8th.
  • He started playing hockey when he was three-years-old and was a member of the London Junior Knights for eight years.
  • His nickname is "Donut" because his number (8) is two donuts.
  • He patterns his game after Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom "because he is calm, offensive, consistent and he makes it look easy."
  • If he could have dinner with any three people he would choose: Wayne Gretzky, Denzel Washington and Jessica Alba.
  • If he could be in any movie he would be in Miracle and the one thing he couldn't live without is his cell phone.

 

FAVORITES

NHL Team: New Jersey

NHL Player: Joe Sakic

Shootout Move: "Backhand forehand, cheese"

Goal Celebration:"Right leg in the air and double fist pumps"

Video Game: NHL '08

Movie: Coach Carter

Actress: Jessica Alba

Book: Romeo and Juliet

Website: facebook.com

Pump-up Song: Eminem - "Till I Collapse"

Food to Cook: Grilled Cheese

Sport (other than hockey): Soccer

Activity Away from the Rink: Xbox

Place to Visit: Cancun

 

STATISTICS

Season   Team    League  GP   G    A   PTS   PIM

2006-07  Geulph   OHL      67   21  53   74     76

2007-08  Geulph   OHL      58   13  37   50     68

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