February 12th, 2014, 02:31 AM #1
Veteran Doughty learned from Vancouver gold (Sportsnet.ca)
Drew Doughty didnít know it at the time. He was too busy being crushed by the moment.
OK, maybe crushed isnít the right word. But when Doughty hopped over the boards, replacing Shea Weber on the fly in the four-on-four overtime period of the gold medal game in 2010, the pressure, heíll tell you now, was almost unbearable. ďIt was insane,Ē he says. The question brings a smile to Doughtyís face now, four years later, as he arrives at the Honda Center in Anaheim focused on a key Pacific Division game that night between his Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.
What goes through a London, Ont., kidís mind when the coach tells him, ďYouíre next up!Ē in overtime of the Olympic Gold medal game, with more than 17,000 fans hanging on every bounce of the puck inside an arena known as Canada Hockey Place, and millions upon millions more watching across the country and the world? ďYou donít want to be the guy whoís going to mess up,Ē Doughty says. ďAt the same time, you so badly want to be the guy who wins the game for your country. Itís a crazy feeling.
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