While he has already accomplished something most kids only dream of by signing with an NHL team, Dougherty knows he still has a long ways to go before he can consider himself a success story.
“There are a lot of guys that sign that contract and never make it,” the defenseman said. “I know I have a lot of work to do.”
Dougherty recalls his journey to where he is now very fondly. It started years ago when he laced up the skates for the first time at 3 years old. He was emulating his older brother at the time, a bit unaware that his passion for the game would grow from that moment forward.
“He was always a role model for me so I kind of always did what he did growing up,” Dougherty said. “I grew up playing in the Cottage Grove Athletic Association and that’s where I started to realize