Kings' Drew Doughty gets his first All-Star nod, Anze Kopitar his third

Kings' Drew Doughty gets his first All-Star nod, Anze Kopitar his third
Drew Doughty checks Arizona's Tobias Rieder on Dec. 20 at Staples Center. (Harry How / Getty Images)

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has won two Stanley Cup and two Olympic gold medals for Team Canada but has never played in the NHL's All-Star game.

That omission on his resume will change this month.


Kings center Anze Kopitar and Doughty, as well as Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf were chosen Saturday to represent their teams at the league's All-Star game, to be played Jan. 25 at Columbus, Ohio. This will be Kopitar's third appearance.

The first six players had already been chosen in fan balloting. The NHL announced the other 36 players Saturday, in addition to six rookies, including Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, who will participate in the skills competition on Jan. 24.

"I don't know what I'd want to do," Pearson said. "Probably something [like] shooting accuracy. I don't think I'd want to do fastest skater.

Pearson got off to a fast start in the opening month of the season. He was named the league's rookie of the month in October and slowed since then. In 41 games, he has 12 goals and 16 points.

Before being officially selected, Pearson spoke about the possibility after Saturday's morning skate.

"It'd be pretty cool," he said. "I'm a big hockey fan, growing up, watch it every year. Kind of looking forward to it, watching how good these guys are."

Doughty has four goals and 24 points in 41 games and is playing his usual big minutes, averaging 29 minutes 14 seconds of ice time. His 24 points, heading into Saturday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets, ranks fourth among the Kings, behind Jeff Carter, Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli.

By his standards, Kopitar isn't having his best season — eight goals and 30 points in 38 games. The other Kings-related representation will be Darryl Sutter and his staff coaching one of the teams. Nashville Coach Peter Laviolette will coach the other squad.

"There hasn't been one for three or four years," Sutter said, referring to the All-Star game being skipped last year because of the Olympics and the year before because of the lockout. "I think all our players should be on the team. They played more hockey than anybody else for three years since there was one. Everybody in this dressing room…

"Whether it's [former Kings] Willie [Mitchell] in Florida or Simon [Gagne] in Boston. All those guys. Colin Fraser. All those guys should play in the All-Star game. Unless you've done it, you don't understand.

"What I'll be interested in, in the All-Star games, how many guys have won the Stanley Cup?"

The six players chosen by fans were Buffalo forward Zemgus Girgensons and five members of the Chicago Blackhawks: goaltender Corey Crawford, forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

Teams will be chosen in a fantasy draft format, with two captains being appointed to stock their squads. Every NHL team will be represented in the game.

This will be the third All-Star game appearance for Getzlaf, who ranked seventh in scoring with 45 points in 41 games. He said that even though he's the only All-Star chosen from the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, their success has been a team effort.


Getzlaf's 32 assists have him tied for second in the NHL with reigning MVP Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux of Philadelphia, and his 45 points are tops for the Ducks.