Kings Win Big During Awards Show
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was voted a Second Team NHL All-Star for the 2009-10 season, it was announced by the National Hockey League in Las Vegas as part of the 2010 NHL Awards Show.
Doughty was joined on the second team by Daniel Sedin, Ilya Bryzgalov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sidney Crosby and Martin St. Louis. The First Team All-Star squad features Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Ryan Miller and Henrik Sedin.
Doughty, who was a finalist for the 2010 James Norris Memorial Trophy -- which is awarded annually to the player voted to be the National Hockey League’s best regular season defenseman – is the first King to be named to a post-season All-Star team since Luc Robitaille in 2000-01 and the first defenseman since Rob Blake in 1999-00. Keith, a Chicago defenseman, was tonight named the winner of the Norris Trophy.
This past season, Doughty’s second in the NHL, was an enormous success, highlighted by the Kings’ first trip to the playoffs since 2002. Among NHL defensemen in 2009-10, Doughty ranked third in points (59), tied for second in goals (16), tied for fifth in assists (43), tied for second in power-play goals (9), second in power-play points (31) and tied for fifth in power-play assists (22). He also ranked first in game-winning goals (five).
Doughty’s 2009-10 season also included action on the International stage as he earned a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics (7 GP, 0-2=2). He tied for second on the club (and tied for fourth in tournament) with a plus-6 rating, and Doughty was the youngest player on Team Canada ’s roster.
One of three Kings to play in all 82 regular season games this past season, Doughty ranked first on the club with a time-on-ice average of 24:58 per game, playing 25-plus minutes in nearly half of his games (39). Additionally, he had 12 multi-point games and the Kings had a record of 8-4-0 in those 12 contests. For his efforts, Doughty – the 12th defenseman in club history to record 50-plus points in one season and the second youngest - was selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman at the conclusion of the 2009-10 campaign.
Doughty highlights from this past season included a career high 31:42 of ice time on Feb. 11 vs. Edmonton . He also had a career high four assists/points on Jan. 4 at San Jose and he played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 11 at Carolina . Doughty also had a successful first taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as he tied for the club lead with seven points and three goals (3-4=7). He also led the Kings with 12 blocked shots and 27:25 of time-on-ice per game. Doughty had four points and three assists (1-3=4) in Game 3 of the Kings first round match-up vs. Vancouver with both numbers tying club playoff records for a defenseman.
Doughty was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. He was also selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman and Best Newcomer (Mark Bavis Memorial Award) that year as he led all NHL rookies and the Kings with 23:49 of time-on-ice per game. Additionally, Doughty tied for first among NHL rookie defensemen with 27 points and 21 assists, and tied for second among NHL rookie defensemen with six goals (also tied for first among Kings defensemen). Doughty, who was selected to participate in the YoungStars event as part of the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend and recorded two points (1-1=2) in the game (Jan. 24, 2009 at Montreal), made his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 2008 at San Jose, becoming the fifth youngest player (and second youngest defenseman) at the time to ever appear in a game for Kings.
The Kings originally selected Doughty with the second overall selection in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-0, 211-pound native of London , Ontario , has recorded 86 points (22-64=86) and 110 penalty minutes in 163 career regular season games with the Kings.
Prior to being selected by the Kings with the second overall pick in 2008, Doughty played his junior hockey in Guelph where he was named the Ontario Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year following the 2007-08 season.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
Also during the Awards Show, Kings captain Dustin Brown was honored as a Finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award for the second straight year. Additionally, Robitaille presented the Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward) and Kings Vision / FS West host Heidi Androl served as the NHL Awards Red Carpet Correspondent as part of the Awards Show coverage on Versus.