EL SEGUNDO, CA — On April 13, the Los Angeles Kings and Hockey Canada announced that rookie defenseman Drew Doughty will represent Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championships, to be played April 24 – May 10 in Switzerland.
In 81 games with the Kings this season, Doughty scored six goals and contributed 21 assists for 27 points. He led the Kings in ice time, averaging 23:49 per game. The 6-1, 203-pound native of London, Ontario also blocked 114 shots.
Doughty, who was named as the Kings’ Outstanding Defenseman and Best Newcomer, was selected by the Kings in the first round (second overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Doughty, who represented Canada in the 2008 IIHF World Junior (Under-20) World Championships, helping Canada win the gold medal and receiving Top Defenseman honors for the tournament, will make his first appearance in the World Championship tournament.
Doughty also played for Team Canada in the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Under-17 Championships.
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