CHICAGO -- Talk about an odd juxtaposition in a hotel lobby: excited science fiction conventioneers and rich and famous hockey players with serious playoff beards.
This, however, was not nearly as fascinating as when the Kings were plopped in the midst of a large anime convention in downtown San Jose in the last round of the playoffs.
“That hotel in San Jose, that was weird,” said Kings defenseman
One of the Kings, blessed with a thick playoff beard, mused about the different convention-goers, saying: "They probably think we look a little weird."
The Kings are attempting to become the first team to repeat as
Doughty was chatting with reporters Saturday morning, a few hours before Game 1 of the Kings-
One focal point, naturally, is Doughty’s former Team Canada teammate, Chicago captain
"He's up there at the top – I really don't know who to compare him to – but he's tough to play against," Doughty said. "He's strong. He plays really well defensively too. Down low, he's a battle to play against, takes the puck to the net hard.
"I don't think as many players do that these days as they used to. He's always a threat when he's on the ice. He's their captain for a reason."
Doughty equated Toews with Hockey Hall of Famer
"He's a great leader. He seems serious too," Doughty said. "He has that Yzerman type of look. Always on the ball. Always ready to go. He's going to be tough to shut down this series."
Kings backup goalie