The Kings spent three days practicing at the Gardens Ice House rink in Maryland, and on a wall around the corner from the locker rooms, there are framed pictures of teams that won tournaments at the rink, including this one of the 2003 team from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Notice anybody familiar in this picture?
Look closer. There’s 16-year-old Jack Johnson, second from right, and next to him is 15-year-old Sidney Crosby. Drew Stafford is also in the main picture.
To follow up on Johnson, Murray was asked about Johnson’s early-season play, particularly his seemingly improved movement on the power play.
MURRAY: “I think Jack is really excited, first of all. He’s going to be a King for a long time. He signed a new deal and that’s all settled in. I think he’s a much more mature player today than what he was, and understands what it is that we need from him. He and Doughty are on the power play together. I’ve said this, going back to the start of last year and maybe even in the previous year, that when they were together they had nice chemistry, nice energy together, a little extra jump in their skating whenever they’re playing on the power play together. So, I think it’s just starting to come together, as a mature athlete now.’’