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Kings' Doughty likes Team Canada, Ducks' Perry

by Arpon Basu

TORONTO -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty thinks Team Canada is going to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Seeing as he's Canadian, that's hardly a surprise.

But what might be a bit more surprising is that American forward James van Riemsdyk agrees with Doughty.

Speaking at a light-hearted Q&A session over the lunch hour in Maple Leaf Square just prior to the press conference Wednesday at Air Canada Centre to announce the details of the World Cup of Hockey to be held next year, the Toronto Maple Leafs forward lacked some ammunition to counter Doughty's prediction.

"Well, they won the last Olympics and the last World Championships," van Riemsdyk told moderator Daren Millard of Sportsnet, "so I can't really disagree too much with that one."

Doughty and van Riemsdyk were joined onstage by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for the roundtable discussion, with Millard asking questions ranging from the players' most expensive hobbies to their friends around the League.

Millard asked each player to identify the one NHL player he counts as a friend that may come as a surprise to fans.

Doughty's answer was indeed a bit surprising.

"For me, it's probably Corey Perry," Doughty said. "He lives in London [Ontario], we live on the same street actually. We're big rivals during the season, he plays for Anaheim and I'm in L.A., but he's one of my good buddies back home."

Doughty said what goes on during the season becomes a topic of conversation frequently.

"He's a little bit of a rat on the ice," Doughty said. "He's greasy, so I'm always talking to him about that. He's always trying to find ways to cheat too, which makes me mad."

No discussion involving Lundqvist can end without a discussion of his wardrobe, and Millard obliged by closing the event by asking each player what designer they were wearing.

"I've got Ralph Lauren, purple label," Lundqvist said of his blue suit.

"I've got John Varvatos," Doughty said. "I don't know what label."

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