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Doughty, Simmonds hope to play for Canada at Worlds

TSN.ca Staff

4/26/2010 1:08:16 AM

While their NHL season may have ended in disappointment, it appears that a pair of Los Angeles Kings are ready to get right back at it.

Both Kings' defenceman Drew Doughty and forward Wayne Simmonds said that they would jump at a chance to play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship that gets underway May 7th in Germany.

The 20-year old Doughty was an integral part of Canada's blueline at the Olympics this past March in Vancouver.  He also represented Canada at last year's World Hockey Championship, helping the team capture silver and was part of Canada's gold medal winning World Junior squad in 2008.

Simmonds was also part of the gold medal winning World Junior team in 2008 but has not worn the Maple Leaf since. 

Team Canada's general manager Mark Messier has already named 15 players to the team including Olympian Corey Perry, sniper Steven Stamkos and rookie John Tavares.  Oilers prospect Jordan Eberle has also been invited to attend the team's pre-competition camp and will be given every opportunity to make the squad.

Doughty, who is a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman, enjoyed a breakout sophomore season with 16 goals, 43 assists and a plus-20 rating.  The 21-year old Simmonds also enjoyed a career year with 16 goals, 24 assists and 116 penalty minutes.