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Drew Doughty #8 Hockey Painting of LA Kings Defenseman art

LA Kings Drew Doughty

I had a great opportunity one season to go to the first game of the Stanley Cup  in Los

Hockey Painting of Drew Doughty #8, Defenseman for the LA Kings skating with the puck towards the goal is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film.
Hockey Painting of Drew Doughty #8, Defenseman for the LA Kings skating with the puck towards the goal is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film.

Angeles and see Drew Doughty of the LA Kings play..  As my son-in-law says  “Drew Doughty is a superstar defenseman.”    He is an integral part of the well-oiled machine that is the LA Kings.  One of the nicest things a teammate can say about another is what teammate Justin Williams says,  “Doughty gets better as the season progresses.  The great thing about him is he doesn’t know how great he really is.

How Drew Doughty Started Playing Defensemen

Drew tells an interesting story about how he started playing as a defenseman.  “Back when I was a kid in London I was a forward all the way until major bantam hockey.  Then one day we were short some defensemen at camp so they asked if I would play back on defense for a couple games.  I had been on the team for a while and I had kind of established myself so I tried it out and it and I played well.  So my coach asked if I minded switching to defense and I was happy to and it worked out.”

When anyone asks about his ability to play his supporters tell you all Doughty needs to do is go out and play his game. “Drew is a very simple kid – what you see is what you get,” veteran Sean O’Donnell says. “He doesn’t over think things. Whether he makes a good play or a bad play, he moves on. He’s got a short memory.”

Once again, it all goes back to his mindset. “On the ice I’m not worried about making a mistake,” Doughty says. “I’m never thinking, ‘If I make this play, what can go wrong?’ I’m thinking, ‘When I make this play, it’s going to happen the proper way and I’m going to make it.’ That helps me. I don’t get down on myself. Of course I’m angry for a little bit, but I get over it pretty quickly. I go back out there and I’ll make that same play again.”

LA Kings Jonathan Quick Goalie art

Hockey Painting of Jonathan Quick #32, Goalie for the LA Kings blocking a shot photo is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film
Hockey Painting of Jonathan Quick #32, Goalie for the LA Kings blocking a shot photo is 11” x 14” ink on drafting film.  John Robertson Sports Paintings for sale.  

Because of the quality of play Jonathan Quick, who is considered one of the best hockey goalies in the NHL, it surprised me to find out that he was picked 72nd overall in the 2005 draft.  72nd?   With the LA Kings he had won two Stanly Cups, 2012 and 2014, and awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable player of the 2012 Stanly Cup playoffs.

In an article by Lisa Dillman, Dustin Brown was talking about the line between confidence and arrogance, and described how Jonathan Quick sets the tone for the veteran-heavy Kings by trending toward the first quality.  “It’s more of the same with Quickie,” Brown said. “It’s just the type of confidence he exudes, really. It’s a trickle-down effect. When you have a goalie who is not arrogant but very confident, it goes a long way in the demeanor of the whole team.  “Quickie’s quiet. He’ll make a glove save and he won’t do the big ‘I-saved the puck’ [flourish]. I guess that’s the only way I can explain it. He’ll make a save that he has no business making and he’ll act like it’s a routine save.”  Including what was considered by many to be the save of the season, on Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets at Staples Center on March 29. Quick was down, on his belly, and raised his leg to make an incredible kick save.  “The Scorpion Kick or whatever they call it,” Brown said. “It’s like that. Saves like that he shouldn’t make. He doesn’t make a big deal about it. But if you’re looking from the other team, you’re like: ‘Did he really just make that?

My son-in-law, who first got me interested in hockey and especially the LA Kings, plays in a hockey league.  His team is named the “Ice Holes” and he is the most penalized player on the team.  I will write about that some other time.  The interesting part is their goalie – who is a woman.  I did not realize this until after watching a number of his games.  With her pads, gloves, chest/arm protectors, pants, etc., she stands well over six feet with her skates on.   One would never know she was hidden under all that gear.  I have seen her do an incredible butterfly save and pop back up in a second. In front of the goal she can move side to side like the fabled cat.  To grab a puck on the ice I have seen her crawl on her belly like a reptile.  As the saying goes, she “controls the space.”   A puck coming in at 8o+ miles per hour as a good hard (amateur) slap shot to the body is not always  painless.  Getting knocked down is close combat can lead to other pain.  Yet she takes the pain better than a man.  No whining.  She has been through childbirth.  Try that for pain Mr. Hockey Player.   So when it is time for teams in my son-in-law’s league to choose players they – “pick the girl”

Hockey Player Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks

Art Hockey  painting of   NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey player painting I did a few years ago but just came across the photo – so I thought I would post it on the blog.  I have no idea who the player is.   The painting is approximately 3 ½ feet by 8 feet  acrylic on unstretched canvas.  The dripping and running of the paint really gives it a sense of motion – and the feeling of melting ice.

Image LA Kings Painting Jonathan Quick

Hockey Art Image of Jonathan Quick, goalie for the LA Kings painting is 48″ x 60″ acrylic and ink on unstretched canvas.  One of my favorite quotes from Jonathan Quick is  ” You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that’s the thought process.  Everyone gives up the goal and it’s part of the game”  That is something a lot of the fans fail to appreciate. As he has said that sometimes there is going to be a blog post or commentary calling him and idiot.  He has the hardest job on the ice- protecting the goal. And he is one of the best.  Sports Artist John Robertson

Image of Drew Doughty LA Kings Defenseman Sports Painting

Sports painting. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty  The sports image by John Robertson is painted on brown paper approximately 4 feet by 7 ½ feet, acrylic. It is the first time I have painted large-scale on paper and was an experiment to see how the paint acts on it’s surface.  I liked the watery consistency of the paint which adds to the nature of a hockey player.  It gives the image a feeling of more action.  My object in painting is not to paint illustratively.  It is about expressing the idea of hockey and the individual player without representing the person exactly.  Photographs do that quite nicely.

New Jersey Devils Hockey Goalie Martin Brodeur Sports painting

Image sports painting of New Jersey Devils Hockey Goalie Martin Brodeur.  The art by sports artist John Robertson is approximately 48” x 60” acrylic on unstretched canvas.  Brodeur has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the New Jersey Devils.

In his 21-year tenure with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cup championships and has been in the playoffs every year but two. Brodeur has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as several other medals with Team Canada in other international competitions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia