Soccer helped kick-start hockey careers for Kings’ Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Times

Drew Doughty was just 15 when his parents asked him to make a decision that would affect the rest of his life: Did he want to pursue a career in soccer or hockey?

“I was just as good at soccer as I was at hockey,” Doughty says now. “But living in Canada, it’s going to be tough to make it [in soccer] anywhere. So I kind of gave it up.”

That turned out to be a good choice since Doughty, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings and the NHL’s top defenseman last season, makes more than $7.4 million a year playing hockey. But that doesn’t mean he’s completely forgotten his other love.

“When I was a kid, soccer was just as important to me as hockey was,” said Doughty, a former goalkeeper. “I played at the highest level I could. And enjoyed it.


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