LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
has won a gold medal for his native Canada at the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Canada today defeated the United States in overtime, 3-2, in the Gold Medal Game. Doughty becomes the first active King to ever win gold.
Team USA, which features Kings captain/forward Dustin Brown
, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick
, earned silver medals.
In the tournament, Doughty played in all seven games and recorded two assists for Canada, which finished the tournament with a 6-1 record. The youngest player on Team Canada, this is Doughty’s first Olympic medal.
Brown and Johnson both played in all six games for the U.S., which finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, while Quick did not appear in a game. The silver medals are the first Olympic medals earned by each player. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is a member of the management team that helped select the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Last night, Slovakia, which features Kings forward Michal Handzus, lost the Bronze Medal Game to Finland, 5-3.
Doughty, 20, had never participated in the Olympics before. Internationally he has represented Canada at the 2009 World Championships (silver medal -- 9 GP, 1-6=7, with his seven points tied for fourth among defensemen in the tournament and his six assists third most among defensemen in the tournament and tied for eighth overall); at the 2008 World Junior Championships (gold medal -- 7 GP, 0=4=4, was named Top Defenseman of the tournament); the 2007 World Junior Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Junior Under-17 Championships.
A 6-0, 211-pound defenseman, Doughty has played in all 61 games with the Kings this season, recording 45 points (11-34=45) and 42 penalty minutes. Doughty was selected by the Kings in the first-round (second overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Kings -- winners of 10 of their last 12 games -- are scheduled to practice tomorrow, Monday, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo at 10 a.m. before flying to Dallas. The Kings return to game action on Tuesday against the Stars at 5:30 p.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on Prime Ticket, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.