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2014 Olympic profile: Drew Doughty

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According to TSN on Tuesday, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was one of the eight defensemen chosen to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

For Doughty, he will be participating in his second Olympic Winter Games. A native of London, Ontario, Doughty was on the ice when Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal for Canada--the goal that clinched the Olympic gold medal for Canada in a dramatic 3-2 win over the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

This season Doughty has six goals and 17 assists for 23 points on an excellent Los Angeles Kings' franchise. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Doughty is expected to lead the Canadian defense alongside Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.

Here is my interview with Doughty:

You were part of the Canadian Olympic team in 2010. What did you take from that overall experience that you hope will help you at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi?

"I gained a lot from the last Olympics. I played with a lot of guys that were older than me. Particularly there were some older defensemen who kind of showed me the ropes and kind of showed me the way to be."

Sochi is going to be a completely different experience compared to Vancouver. What are your thoughts of going all the way to Russia to try and win the gold medal?

"Yes, it should be different. That's for sure. We're not going to have the same kind of food. Just by being in an English speaking place (in Vancouver), it's going to be tough (in Sochi). It's going to be a lot harder for the guys to be comfortable. That's just another aspect you got to deal with. I don't think we're going to have as much pressure to win since we are going over there rather than being in Vancouver, but I think everyone is excited and determined to have a good season."

Do you feel very comfortable playing in the Mike Babcock system?

"Yeah. His system is a lot like the Los Angeles Kings' system. Playing against his team in Detroit, we study his system all of the time. So, I know exactly how he wants to play. It's obviously a successful system. He's had great teams over the years."

Talk about the orientation camp in Calgary. Did you accomplish everything you anticipated?

"Yeah. I think one of the things was getting to know the guys and creating that off ice chemistry. When we get over to Sochi, we only have a few days before the Games start. It was important for guys to get a feel for each other and get to know each other. At the same time run a few system things, just to get in our minds, and once you do it technically, it kind of stays fresh in there."

Do you have a preference regarding who you would like to play with on defense?

"It doesn't matter to me. Whoever they put me with, I just got to get comfortable with them and create that chemistry."

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