For the first time ever, the London Jr. Knights are retiring a jersey. NHL all-star and London native Drew Doughty was in London last night for the ceremony when No. 8 was raised to the rafters.
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At the age of 27, Doughty has two Stanley Cup rings with the Los Angeles Kings and two Olympic gold medals under his belt, plus a Norris trophy to boot.
“To be recognized by the London Jr. Knight’s association is just amazing and it’s a huge honour for me,” Doughty said. “When I played here as a Jr. Knight these were some of the most fun years I had you know, growing up as a little kid.”
Doughty lifting the cup with the Kings AM980/Mike Stubbs
Doughty lifting the cup with the Kings
Doughty wore No. 99 as a minor hockey player until Wayne Gretzky’s retirement when the NHL retired the number.
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Doughty spoke with AM980 about how his experience playing for the Jr. Knights translated to success on the big stage.
“You never get sick of winning. I was actually pretty fortunate when I was a kid here my Jr. Knights team we were a very good team our entire life and we won a lot of championships and that kind of taught me how to win and what it meant to win and how much I hated losing,” Doughty said.
The signature No. 8 was chosen because of Doughty’s birthday falls on Dec. 8 and he’s worn the number in both the NHL and the Olympics with Team Canada.