Here’s what Drew Doughty said after today’s morning skate about his nomination for the Norris Trophy…
DOUGHTY: “It obviously means a lot. Coming in, this was only my second year, and being able to be in that category is a pretty amazing feeling. The two guys who are there obviously had great seasons, and to be in the top three with them, it’s a pretty big honor.”
Question: Bobby Orr is the youngest defenseman to win [he was one year younger than Doughty is now]. That must be an honor…
DOUGHTY: “That’s pretty cool. Bobby Orr is obviously one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. To be close to being able to do the same thing he did, it’s kind of surprising, I guess, to me, but it’s also very humbling and it’s a pretty big honor as well.”
Question: Who did you call first?
DOUGHTY: “Actually, this morning I got a text from Luke Schenn, and he just kind of said, `Congrats.’ I was like, `For what?’ I didn’t know that they were announcing the finalists today. So he told me, and right away I called my dad to look on the NHL site to see if it was true, and it was.”
Question: Did you set this as a goal for yourself this season, or were you even thinking about it?
DOUGHTY: “Before the season, I didn’t really think about it at all. My first goal was just to play hard for the Kings and make them a playoff team. Then obviously get a shot at making the Olympic team. But as the season kind of wore on, I knew that I was getting mentioned in that category, and from then on I kind of made it my goal to hopefully be a finalist.”