Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty knows he can compete with the best in the world.
But the local NHLer took time out of his schedule Thursday to spend it with local minor hockey players as part of the McDonald’s atoMc Hockey program along with London’s Sharrie Hennessy.
Players from the London Bandits, London Devilettes, and West London Minor Hockey programs took part in the day’s activities.
Doughty told AM980 growing up, he never got to do these sorts of things.
“That’s what makes this kind of special to me because I know how bad I wanted that when I was a kid. Now that I’m here with these kids, I know how big of a smile it puts on their faces, and it just makes me happy to be here.”
Doughty also competed head-to-head with kids in other sports, something he says is very important for young athletes.
“One of the things that I look back on in my childhood is I was playing two different sports and I think that helped me in the future. Now that I’m playing hockey every single day of my life, I know if I was doing that for the first 20 years of my life it would be kind of sickening by now.”
Doughty will represent Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in the fall.