Doug Barkley

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Doug Barkley
Born (1937-01-06) January 6, 1937 (age 78)
Lethbridge, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1956–1966

Norman Douglas Barkley (born January 6, 1937) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. After his playing career he was the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for two separate occasions.

Playing career[edit]

Barkley's playing career ended from an on-ice accident that rendered him blind in his right eye. On January 30, 1966, Barkley, playing for the Detroit Red Wings, was battling with Chicago's Doug Mohns for a puck at the blueline. Mohns attempted to lift Barkley's stick, but missed, and struck the bent-over Barkley directly in his right eye. Barkley would never play again. In 253 NHL games Barkley recorded 24 goals and 80 assists for 104 career points.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his career-ending injury, Barkley joined the Detroit front office, working in public relations and as a troubleshooter. In 1969 he was appointed head coach of the Fort Worth Wings of the Central Hockey League (Detroit's top farm team),[1] and on January 10, 1971, Barkey was promoted to head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.[2] He coached less than one year before being replaced by Johnny Wilson following a 3-8-0 start to the 1971–72 season.[3] Barkley returned to coach the Wings again in 1975, but lasted just 26 games before being fired and replaced by Alex Delvecchio, a former teammate.

Barkley now lives in Calgary, Alberta.[4]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Detroit Red Wings 1970-71 40 10 37 7 (27) 6th in East Missed playoffs
Detroit Red Wings 1971-72 11 3 8 0 (6) 5th in East (returned to front office position)
Detroit Red Wings 1975-76 26 7 15 4 (18) 4th in Norris (fired)
Total 77 20 60 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley. Up From the Minor Leagues of Hockey. Chicago, Illinois: Cowles Book Company, Inc. p. 127. 
  2. ^ Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley. Up From the Minor Leagues of Hockey. Chicago, Illinois: Cowles Book Company, Inc. p. 128. 
  3. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000341972.html
  4. ^ Doug Barkley's biography at Legends of Hockey Retrieved Jan. 19, 2008.

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Preceded by
Ned Harkness
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
1971
Succeeded by
Johnny Wilson
Preceded by
Alex Delvecchio
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
1975–1976
Succeeded by
Alex Delvecchio