Kings-Avalanche: Drew Doughty Fires Shot Heard ‘Round the Hockey World

A couple of weeks back, my son came to me and said he had a project due for school. He’s 12 years old and in sixth grade.

The project is titled “Wax Museum.” Participants pick out famous people—actors, presidents, sports icons, whomever they wish—and portray them for one day at school. 

My son wanted my opinion on which person he should choose. He asked if it was okay if he did his report on Wayne Gretzky. 

For a second, I was stunned. I almost shed a tear. It was one of those “that’s my boy” moments.


Historic Day

I'm reminded of that moment today, because it's the 16th anniversary of Gretzky's record 802nd goal to pass Gordie Howe. 

Gretzky is considered by many, including myself, to be the greatest player of all time. Debate all you want, but he’s my choice.    

On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings played at the Staples Center against the Colorado Avalanche. And almost 16 years to the day of Gretzky's historic goal, another Los Angeles King made his mark.

Drew Doughty fired the shot heard around the hockey world, and gave everyone watching a reminder of why he’s one of the NHL's best young players. He also showed why he deserves to be considered for the Norris trophy this year.  

The scoring shot came in overtime after a timeout. A play was drawn up for someone to take a shot through traffic in front of the net. 

It was drawn up for Jarret Stoll, not Doughty. But Doughty used his hockey sense, saw the opportunity, and took it, firing a shot into the two-hole (top left corner) of the net. His goal earned the Kings a 4-3 victory.

The shot was hit so hard that Fox Sports cameras couldn't slow it down in HD. Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson didn’t even seem to see it go by. He only realized he had been scored on when Rya...

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