Sports Artist John Robertson's most recent commercial project (upcoming Milwaukee Bucks 2018) the remodel of the NFL Green Bay Packers football stadium suites area that opened in July 2017 – (8 paintings) and three (8 feet by 15 feet) baseball paintings for the new MLB Atlanta Braves stadium that opened in April 2017. Click on the “About” link for more commercial sports stadiums and arenas work.
I had a great opportunity one season to go to the first game of the Stanley Cup in Los
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.”
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”
Painting by artist John Robertson of Dew Doughty, a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Stanley Cup winners LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff Most Valuable Player. Watercolor ink on drafting film. Image is approximately 8″ x 10″ on 11″ x 14″ drafting film.