Drew Doughty was one of the few Kings’ players who went largely unaccounted for during the recent NHL lockout.
During that time MayorsManor had updates on Anze Kopitar from Sweden, we talked with Jonathan Bernier in Germany, tracked the rehab of Jonathan Quick, took in live games featuring Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez told us all the gory details of the injury and surgery he went through in Finland…and Dustin Brown even stopped by hours before leaving for Switzerland to explain why he signed to play for former coach Marc Crawford instead of taking more money to play in the KHL.
Doughty, meanwhile, called into the MayorsManor show one time – although we had a lot of fun talking about spooning with his roommates, inviting Corey Perry to his Stanley Cup party and much more.
He was pretty much under the radar for months at a time though and some people were concerned about his conditioning. Was he working out? Was he going to be in game shape when the labor dispute was over?
In November, Brown told us he wasn’t expecting any issues with his former roommate on the road, jokingly saying – “He came into shape last year, after his own lockout, in pretty good shape for him. He’s starting to learn, so I’m not too worried about it.”
Later, GM Dean Lombardi offered up a classic comeback when asked what he had heard about Doughty’s weight.
“The rumor is, it’s pretty good,” Lombardi told MayorsManor. “The one thing about Ontario, it’s a huge place, but when it comes to hockey, it’s like Mayberry. So, everybody knows everything. The rumors so far are good. I got it right from Floyd in the barbershop.”
Now, the man himself tells us what was really going on back home in London, Ontario.
“During the lockout I was kind of bored from working out and just skating with the Knights,” Doughty said, referring to the OHL’s London Knights. “There was nothing else I could do in the snow, so I went out and got a dog.”
It turns out that the Doughty family had a dog when Drew was growing up, a Dachshund. When they first adopted the little weiner dog, he already had a name, Beau. So they just kept using it.
This time around, Doughty let his little sister name the new dog, a beagle.
“She came up with Reggie,” he said. “I don’t know why. But, I just liked it. It’s fitting, he looks like a Reggie.”
Besides not playing much hockey during that period and with his usual running buddy, Trevor Lewis, thousands of miles away, Doughty says there was another reason for getting a dog. Beau had to be put to sleep two summers ago and he was now ready to add another little guy back into his life.
“He was born in August and I got him in October, I believe,” Doughty said.
From there, the story begins to take two different paths.
Doughty claims that Lewis, his roommate in LA, talked him into bringing the dog out to live with them. The original plan was for Reggie to stay back home in London with Drew’s parents. But, the 23-year old defenseman says he was convinced to change his mind after Lewis promised to help take care of the dog.
“He just came out about a week ago,” Doughty said. “My four buddies from Guelph drove him all the way down, 38 hours. I didn’t want to put him on a plane or underneath a plane. I just felt bad for him. So that’s how he got here.”
For his part though, Lewis says he never agreed to become the dog’s adopted co-parent. He had a dog growing up, but hadn’t spent much time around animals over the past four or five years.
“I’m like the cool uncle,” the Utah native told MayorsManor. “I get to play with him and have fun with him, but never have to clean up after him!”
Which is a bone of contention for Doughty at the moment.
“He screwed me. He totally screwed me,” said Reggie’s owner. “Lewey told me he would help take care of him and he never does. He’s taken him for a walk like one time and he never cleans up the poop. Ever!”
With the Kings on the road this week, the girlfriend of one of his other teammates is looking after Reggie. It seems she’s become a bit of a babysitter for a few of the four-legged friends acquired by several Kings’ players recently – including Kyle Clifford and Dustin Penner.
Doughty also says he’ll be planning a play date for Reggie and Mike Richards’ dog, Arnold, pretty soon.
“But not with Carter, he only gets little dogs.” Doughty said while laughing.
Yep, we had a feeling that poodle was going to come back to bite Carter at some point. Either literally or, in this case, figuratively.
Oh well, Carter can always chirp Doughty about his goal totals.
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