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VIDEO: Doughty and Johnson excited to live Olympic dream

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The Los Angeles Kings haven’t seen the NHL post-season since 2002, but with a young group of players coming together all at once, the Kings are pushing ahead and look poised to make a return to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But before that outcome is determined, the Kings are sending two of their young stud defensemen to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games. Drew Doughty, the second overall selection in 2008, is coming off a terrific rookie campaign last season and enters the two-week tournament break with 11 goals and 45 points in 61 games. At 20, he is the youngest member of the Canadian squad that will be looking for gold on home turf.

Meanwhile, Michigan University alum Jack Johnson, 23, the third overall pick in 2005, was acquired by the Kings in a trade involving Tim Gleason in 2006. Since coming to L.A., Johnson posted back-to-back 11-point seasons, but is breaking out this year with 26 points through 59 games. Johnson was the lone member of the American squad to participate in the Olympic opening ceremony Friday night and last appeared in an international tournament on Canadian soil at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Ryan Dixon takes a closer look at the two young defensemen as they are set to embark on their Olympic journey.

REPORTER: Ryan Dixon | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Matt Krebs

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