LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty have been selected to play for the 2016 All-Star squad at the upcoming NHL All-Star Game at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, January 31, the NHL announced this morning. Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter was named a coach for the contest.
For Doughty, this is his second trip to the NHL All-Star Game, having represented the Kings last year in Columbus. This is also the second selection for Quick, who played in the 2012 contest in Ottawa. Sutter was behind the bench at last year’s All-Star Game.
This season Quick is 22-9-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts. His third shutout of the season tied him with John Vanbiesbrouck and Frank Brimsek (40) for most shutouts among American-born goaltenders. He also broke his own franchise record by winning 20 games in his 30th appearance, the fastest that plateau has been reached in franchise history (previously 36 games). His NHL rankings among goaltenders are the following: second in wins, tied for fifth in appearances (32), tied for sixth in shutouts, eighth in saves (818) and tied for ninth in GAA. Quick has been named an NHL Star of the Week two times this season (No. 1 Star Jan. 4, No. 3 Star Oct. 26).
Doughty this season has registered 24 points (7-17=24), a plus-16 rating, six power-play goals and three game-winning goals. His NHL rankings among defensemen are the following: tied for first in plus/minus, third in time on ice per game (27:56), third in power-play goals and tied for second in game-winning goals.
The Kings are currently leaders in the Pacific Division, which features an 11-man roster. Each division’s roster will have six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. One player from each division was voted onto the team by the fans and will serve as that team’s captain. The other 40 players were selected by the League’s Hockey Operations Department. Each All-Star team will have at least one player from every team in its division.
The game will be a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against one another in a winner-take-all format. The Atlantic Division will face the Metropolitan Division in one semifinal and the Central Division will face the Pacific Division in the other semifinal. The winners play in the championship game.
Kings Vision, LAKings.com and FOX Sports West will be in Nashville during All-Star Weekend for special on-site coverage.
The Kings begin a four-game homestand tomorrow night at STAPLES Center as the club hosts Toronto beginning at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports West and KABC 790. The Kings skate this morning in El Segundo beginning at 10 a.m. with media availability post-practice.