Doug Bodger

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Doug Bodger
Born (1966-06-18) June 18, 1966 (age 48)
Chemainus, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 02 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1984
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1984–2000

Doug Bodger (born June 18, 1966) is a former Canadian ice hockey defenceman in the National Hockey League. Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins ninth overall in the 1984 NHL Draft he would play in over 1,000 games in the NHL with the Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, and the Vancouver Canucks.

A standout junior player in the Western Hockey League, Bodger was twice named the best defenceman on the Kamloops Junior Oilers. He was also named a WHL all-star in both his junior seasons. He also represented Canada at three World Championships, winning a silver medal at the 1996 tournament.

Playing career[edit]

Bodger played his minor hockey with the Cowichan Midget Capitals before joining the Kamloops Junior Oilers of the Western Hockey League. In his first season with Kamloops, he scored 26 goals and 92 points, being named to the WHL Second All-Star Team.[1] The following season, Bodger scored 21 goals and added 77 assists for 98 points, earning First All-Star Team honours.[1] Both seasons he was named the team's top defenceman.[2] on the With 190 points in two seasons of junior hockey, Bodger was one of the top prospects going into the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, being ranked the seventh greatest prospect by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.[2]

As a top prospect, Bodger was expecting to be selected early in the draft. He had earlier conversations with the Detroit Red Wings, who told Bodger there was a "90 per cent chance" they would pick him at seventh overall, going so far as to ask he wear a red tie to match the team colours.[2] However, the Red Wings instead chose Shawn Burr. Instead, the Pittsburgh Penguins made Bodger their second choice of the draft; they had selected Mario Lemieux, who would become one of the greatest players in NHL history, first overall.

Bodger made his NHL debut alongside Lemieux on October 11, 1984 against the Boston Bruins. A shoulder separation limited his first season to 65 games, in which he had 5 goals and 26 assists. Bodger cited Lemieux, who led the team with 100 points, for helping him earn a lot of assists.[2] The next season he appeared in 79 games, scoring 37 points.

Starting the 1988–89 season with the Penguins, Bodger was traded along with Darrin Shannon to the Buffalo Sabres on November 12, 1988 for Tom Barasso and a third-round draft choice in the 1990 draft. He played 61 games with the Sabres that season, scoring 7 goals and 40 assists, to make a total of 8 goals and 44 assists for the entire year.

He would retire on December 14, 1999 with the Vancouver Canucks as the highest scoring defenceman from British Columbia.[3]

Off the ice[edit]

Bodger has a wife, Tracy, and two children, son Ryne and daughter Rachel.[4]

He owns Eddy's Hockey Shop in Duncan, British Columbia and is also an assistant coach of the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL.

In 2006, he was inducted into the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame.[3]

International play[edit]

Doug Bodger
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1996 Austria Ice hockey

Bodger played for Canada at three World Championships, in 1987, 1996, and 1999. Joining the Canadian national team for the first time in 1987, Bodger played in all ten games, scoring one goal and one assist as Canada finished fourth in the tournament. His next appearance in the World Championships was in 1996. In eight games, Bodger contributed three assists and was named the team's best defenceman as Canada won the silver medal.[4] His third and final appearance for the national team was at the 1999 World Championships, where he scored three assists in ten games for the fourth place Canadians.[5]

Awards[edit]

WHL[edit]

Award Year
WHL Second All-Star Team 1983
WHL West First All-Star Team 1984

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 Cowichan Valley Midget Capitals BCAHA
1982–83 Kamloops Junior Oilers WHL 72 26 66 92 98 7 0 5 5 2
1983–84 Kamloops Junior Oilers WHL 70 21 77 98 90 17 2 15 17 12
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 5 26 31 67
1985–86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 4 33 37 63
1986–87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 11 38 49 52
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 14 31 45 103
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 1 4 5 7
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 7 40 47 52 5 1 1 2 11
1989–90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 12 36 48 64 6 1 5 6 6
1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 5 23 28 54 4 0 1 1 0
1991–92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 11 35 46 108 7 2 1 3 2
1992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 9 45 54 87 8 2 3 5 0
1993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 7 32 39 76 7 0 3 3 6
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 3 17 20 47 5 0 4 4 0
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 0 5 5 18
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 4 19 23 50
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 1 15 16 64
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 4 6 10 32
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 49 5 5 10 25 5 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 3 11 14 34
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 1071 106 422 528 1007 47 6 18 24 25

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1987 Canada WC 4th 10 1 1 2 4
1996 Canada WC 2nd 8 0 3 3 0
1999 Canada WC 10 0 2 2 4
Senior Int'l Totals 28 1 6 7 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NHL.com (2008). "NHL Profile". NHL.com. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Lomon, Chris (2006). "Doug Bodger: Dressed for success, Part 1 of 2". NHLAlumni.com. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b BCHHOF (2006). "2006 BCHHF Inductees". BCHHOF.com. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  4. ^ a b Newmans, Ken (2008). "Doug Bodger Page". Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  5. ^ Legends of Hockey (2008). "Doug Bodger Page". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mario Lemieux
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
1984
Succeeded by
Roger Belanger