After an overtime thriller decided today’s gold medal game, Drew Doughty became the first Kings representative in the Olympics to win a gold medal. The last medals won by Kings’ players were Adam Deadmarsh and Aaron Mille, who both won silver while representing the United States during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Doughty played a very pivotal role in Canada’s gold-medal victory with a +6 in the tournament, including being on the ice for the overtime winner scored by Sidney Crosby. As part of the post-game celebration, Team Canada and Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer grabbed hold of a lifesize Canadian flag and decided to let his teammates carry it around the ice, similar to how the Stanley Cup gets carried around. The first player Niedermayer handed the flag to was Drew Doughty, a true sign of sportsmanship given that, during the NHL season, both men play on opposite sides of the southern California rivalry.
With this win, Doughty adds a gold medal to his already impressive resume and let’s not forget that he is only twenty years old. While Doughty won gold, three of his teams had to settle for silver as Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson, and Jonathan Quick were forced to look on as their side was on the short hand of the overtime thriller.
If there is any concern, it is whether or not there will be any hard feelings when the four players return to Los Angeles to rejoin the Kings. Hopefully there won’t be any hostility between the Olympians but if there is, then we can only hope that those feelings will fade away quickly, However, for the time being, we can look at this Olympic experience and be confident that these Kings will be able to bring something valuable to the table for their all-important playoff push, having played in an atmosphere akin to that of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
As great as the Olympics were, it is now time for the Kings to get back to business and focus on the final stretch of the season beginning Tuersday night when they host the Dallas Stars.