Doug Gilmour

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Doug Gilmour
Hockey Hall of Fame, 2011
Doug "Killer" Gilmour.jpg
Born (1963-06-25) June 25, 1963 (age 50)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Calgary Flames
Toronto Maple Leafs
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
New Jersey Devils
Chicago Blackhawks
Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 134th overall, 1982
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1983–2003

Douglas Robert Gilmour (born June 25, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who is the current general manager of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). During his National Hockey League career as a center, Gilmour played for 7 NHL clubs: the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens, serving as captain for Calgary, Toronto and Chicago. Gilmour won a Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989,[1] and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward while with the Maple Leafs in 1993.[2] He has been dubbed "Killer" for his physical play despite his small stature.[3] Gilmour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the class of 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Minor hockey career[edit]

Gilmour grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario playing rep for the Kingston Legionnaires program of the OMHA's Eastern Ontario Minor Hockey League. In 1979–80, Gilmour spent time with the local Kingston Voyageurs Jr.B. team before being signed by Floyd Crawford to play for the OHA Jr.A. Belleville Bobcats for their playoff run.

Junior hockey career[edit]

Gilmour began his junior hockey career with the Cornwall Royals in the 1980–81 season. Gilmour spent three seasons with the team, helping the Royals win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. Gilmour was injured during the 1981 championship run, but in the 1981–82 season, he returned and led the Royals in scoring with 46 goals and 119 total points. Gilmour was passed over during the National Hockey League Draft in his first year of eligibility, but in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues drafted him in the 7th round, 134th overall. Gilmour did not make the Blues squad for the 1982–83 season, and was returned to Cornwall. During this season, Gilmour earned the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the OHL's leading scorer, totaling 70 goals and 107 assists for 177 total points. As a result, Gilmour was named the OHL's Most Valuable Player. During that memorable season, Gilmour set a (then) league record, scoring in 55 consecutive games.[4]

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

Gilmour initially had difficulty reaching a contract with the Blues, who remained concerned that he was too small for the NHL game of the 1980s. Two weeks before the 1983–84 NHL season began, Gilmour and the Blues agreed on a contract and he joined the team in time for the start of the season. A rash of injuries and the trust of Blues coach Jaques Demers provided Gilmour with the opportunity to play as the team's fourth line center, and he quickly became a defensive specialist. Teammate Brian Sutter nicknamed Gilmour "Killer" in part due to his on-ice intensity, but also because of Gilmour's resemblance to convicted serial killer Charles Manson.[5]

During his first three seasons with the Blues, Gilmour was a consistent defensive presence, averaging a solid 50 points a season. During the 1986 playoffs, Gilmour broke out and scored 21 points in 19 games (tied with Bernie Federko's 21 points in 19 games), as the Blues lost in the Campbell Conference finals.[4] Gilmour's dynamic two-way play lead him to becoming one of the only players in history to lead in post-season scoring without making it to the Stanley Cup Finals; Peter Forsberg would also achieve that feat in 1999 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to the 1988–89 season, Gilmour was traded to the Calgary Flames along with Mark Hunter, Steve Bozek, and Michael Dark for Mike Bullard, Craig Coxe and Tim Corkery. The Blues traded Gilmour after he was named in a civil suit alleging sexual improprieties with a minor, whereby it was claimed he had un-consented sexual intercourse repeatedly with a 14-year-old girl.[5][6] The suit alleged that the Blues had pretended to negotiate payments to the girl and her family while trying to trade Gilmour to another team, without disclosing the suit to the receiving team. The suit also alleged that the girl was "psychologically overwhelmed and seduced" by Gilmour, and that the team was aware of this conduct occurring at St. Louis Arena.[7]

Gilmour denied that the incident occurred, and a grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict him.[8] The Blues failed to admit publicly that the trade was a result of the pending lawsuit against Gilmour, but Gilmour was convinced it was the reason: "I didn't want to leave St. Louis but from what has happened the past week, on our part and on the St. Louis Blues' part, it was our best solution."[9]

Calgary Flames[edit]

The Blues hasty trade of Gilmour to the Calgary Flames after the 1987–88 season began to pay dividends for his new team almost immediately. With Calgary, Gilmour played a major role during the Flames' march to the 1989 Stanley Cup championship. Before the decisive game six of the series, Gilmour kissed and shook hands with Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry for good luck; Cherry, who also hails from Kingston, affectionately called his favourite player "Dougie". Gilmour scored two goals in Game 6 including the Stanley Cup winning goal against Patrick Roy of the Montreal Canadiens to seal Calgary's first Stanley Cup Championship.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On January 2, 1992, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher made a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames. Fletcher had served as Calgary's general manager during the late 1980s before coming to Toronto, and had been responsible for compiling their 1989 championship team. The Leafs acquired Gilmour along with defensemen Jamie Macoun and Ric Nattress, prospect Kent Manderville and goaltender Rick Wamsley in exchange for underachieving Gary Leeman, Russian defenseman Alexander Godynyuk, goaltender Jeff Reese, defenseman Michel Petit and enforcer Craig Berube. The 10-player deal was the largest in NHL history.

Toronto fans did not have wait long for the Gilmour acquisition to pay off, as the feisty forward produced exceptionally well for the remainder of the 1991–92 season. The 1992–93 regular season, Gilmour's first full season in Toronto, saw the diminutive superstar score a franchise-record 127 points. As a result of his breakout season, Gilmour was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP and was awarded the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward, the first major NHL award that a Maple Leaf player had won since 1967.

During the 1992–93 playoffs, Gilmour was the offensive and defensive catalyst as the Leafs eliminated the powerful Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, both in seven game series.

In the 1993 Campbell Conference Final, Gilmour's Toronto Maple Leafs came face-to-face with Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings. With Toronto leading the series three games to two, many fans, including CBC's Don Cherry, were hoping for an all-Canadian final as the Montreal Canadiens had already advanced to the championship series. However, during overtime of Game 6, Gretzky high-sticked Gilmour in the Toronto defensive zone, drawing blood. Referee, Kerry Fraser did not call the incident, so no penalty was assessed. Moments later, Gretzky scored the winning goal to stave off elimination. The Leafs lost Game 7 at Maple Leaf Gardens 5-4, with Wayne Gretzky scoring a hat-trick. The Kings moved on to meet Montreal in the finals. Gilmour finished the postseason with 35 points, second behind only Gretzky.

Gilmour finished the 1993–94 season fourth overall in regular-season scoring with 111 points, just one behind third-place finisher Adam Oates. Gilmour made his second consecutive trip to the NHL All-Star Game and finished as runner-up for the Selke Trophy. In the playoffs, Gilmour once again led his Leafs to the Western Conference Final (formerly Clarence Campbell Conference), where they fell to the Vancouver Canucks in five games.

When the Leafs traded captain and fan favourite Wendel Clark to the Quebec Nordiques in the off-season of 1994, Gilmour was named team captain in a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto where former Leafs captain Red Horner presented him with the Leafs "C."

During the 1994 National Hockey League lockout, Gilmour decided to play in a handful of games for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss League. However, Gilmour's physical style did not suit him well in the Swiss League. As a result, Gilmour decided join Wayne Gretzky's all-star hockey tour that was making its way through Europe. Gilmour also took part in the NHLPA's Four-on-Four tournament at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario where his Team Ontario defeated Team Quebec in the championship game.

Gilmour was one of the most popular players on the Leafs during his tenure. He was a spokesman for the NHLPA in community and charity events, and also appeared in a series of "Got Milk?" TV commercials, one which featured his then wife Amy.

New Jersey Devils[edit]

With the Leafs struggling once again, Cliff Fletcher traded Gilmour and defenseman Dave Ellett to the New Jersey Devils in 1997 for centerman Steve Sullivan, prospect Alyn McCauley and defenseman Jason Smith. The Devils during Gilmour's tenure would then suffer early playoff exits.

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

In the summer of 1998, Doug Gilmour signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago had fallen on hard times and Gilmour was brought in to help resurrect the franchise. Chicago was situated at the bottom half of the standings during Gilmour's tenure, ultimately culminating with captain Chris Chelios requesting a trade to the Detroit Red Wings, and Gilmour assuming the team captaincy.

Gilmour's Blackhawks played against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13, 1999 as the last game in historic Maple Leaf Gardens was played. Gilmour scored in the game and was given a standing ovation by the Toronto fans during the Gardens' closing ceremonies. Gilmour suffered a back injury (herniated disk) late in the season and had to undergo season-ending surgery.

Buffalo Sabres[edit]

In the spring of 2000, with the Blackhawks once again floundering among the bottom of the NHL, Gilmour was traded to the Buffalo Sabres along with left winger J.P. Dumont for forward Michael Grosek. Gilmour helped the Sabres, which had been Stanley Cup finalists the season before, make the playoffs. However the Sabres were defeated in five games by the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 2000–01, injuries limited Gilmour's regular season stats but had respectable playoff performance as the Sabres defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Quarterfinal Round of the NHL playoffs. The Sabres were subsequently upset 4 games to 3 by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

Gilmour signed as a free agent in 2001 with the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would make the playoffs that season, eventually being beaten by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Return to Toronto[edit]

The Canadiens traded Gilmour to the Maple Leafs for a sixth round draft pick at the 2003 NHL trade deadline. Gilmour's first game with the Leafs turned out to be his last as he and the Calgary Flames Dave Lowry collided inadvertently during Gilmour's second shift, with Gilmour tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season. Gilmour officially announced his retirement on September 8, 2003 after John Ferguson, Jr. made a public announcement that the Maple Leafs would not re-sign the veteran center.

Gilmour scored 450 goals and 964 assists in 1474 games in his NHL career.

On January 31, 2009 Gilmour's number 93 was honoured by the Toronto Maple Leafs as it was raised to rafters at the Air Canada Centre.[10] Gilmour became the seventeenth player to be honoured in such a way by the Maple Leafs. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

Coaching career[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs/ Toronto Marlies (AHL)[edit]

On September 15, 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Gilmour would become their player development advisor.[11] Gilmour held that position with the Leafs until August 7, 2008, when the Maple Leafs announced that Gilmour would join the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs AHL affiliate, as an assistant coach under Marlies head coach Greg Gilbert.[12]

Gilmour would remain in that position for only a few short months, as on November 17, 2008, he announced that he was leaving the Maple Leafs organization to become the head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.[13]

Kingston Frontenacs[edit]

Gilmour (while head coach of the Frontenacs) with sportswriter Djuradj Vujcic in Oshawa.

Gilmour was named head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs on November 17, 2008, taking over a rebuilding club that had a 5–13–5 record under Larry Mavety, who had coached Gilmour with the Belleville Bulls when the Bulls were still in the OPJHL. Gilmour finished out the season with Kingston with a 13–27–5 record in their last 45 games and the team failed to make the playoffs.

In his first full season with the club in 2009–10, Gilmour helped guide the team back into the OHL playoffs, as Kingston recorded a 33–30–5 record, earning 71 points, good enough for second place in the OHL's East Division, and fourth place in the OHL's Eastern Conference. The Frontenacs faced the Brampton Battalion in the first round of the playoffs, which Brampton won in seven games. After the season, Gilmour signed to a five-year contract extension with the Frontenacs.[14]

In 2010–11, the Frontenacs slipped under the .500 level during the regular season, going 29–30–9, earning 67 points; however, they made the playoffs. In their first round matchup against the Oshawa Generals, Kingston struggled and the Generals eliminated them in five games. At the conclusion of the season, Gilmour left the Frontenacs' head coaching position to become the team's General Manager, replacing good friend Larry Mavety, who became an advisor to the club. Former Maple Leafs teammate Todd Gill was selected to replace Gilmour behind the Frontenacs bench.

As General Manager of the Frontenacs, Gilmour began to rebuild the club, as the club struggled to a 19-41-8 record during the 2011–12 season, finishing in last place in the Eastern Conference, well out of a playoff spot.

Kingston saw some improvement during the 2012–13 season, as the team finished with a 27-35-6 record, earning 60 points, good for seventh place in the conference, and a playoff spot. The Frontenacs were swept in the first round against the Barrie Colts.

The Frontenacs improved once again in the 2013–14 season, earning a record of 39-23-6, getting 84 points, and third place in the Eastern Conference. Kingston met the Peterborough Petes in the first round of the playoffs, and the team took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Petes made a comeback, winning the final four games of the series, to eliminate the Frontenacs.


Gilmour has been married 3 times and has 4 children. His daughter Maddison (now married to hockey player Evan McGrath) is from his first marriage to Robyne Gilmour; sons Jake and Tyson from his second marriage to Amy Gilmour; and daughter Victoria with his current wife, Sonja Gilmour.[15]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold 1987 Canada Ice Hockey


  • 1992–93: NHL – Most points in one season (127), Toronto club record
  • 1992–93: NHL – Most assists in one season (95), Toronto club record
  • 1992–93: NHL – Most assists in one game (6), Toronto club record
  • 1988–89: NHL – Two fastest shorthanded goals (scored 4 seconds apart) NHL record

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 51 12 23 35 35 19 8 13 21 6
1981–82 Cornwall Royals OHL 67 46 73 119 42 5 6 9 15 2
1982–83 Cornwall Royals OHL 68 70 107 177 62 8 8 10 18 16
1983–84 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 25 28 53 57 11 2 9 11 10
1984–85 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 21 36 57 49 3 1 1 2 2
1985–86 St. Louis Blues NHL 74 25 28 53 41 19 9 12 21 25
1986–87 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 42 63 105 58 6 2 2 4 16
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 36 50 86 59 10 3 14 17 18
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL 72 26 59 85 44 22 11 11 22 20
1989–90 Calgary Flames NHL 78 24 67 91 54 6 3 1 4 8
1990–91 Calgary Flames NHL 78 20 61 81 144 7 1 1 2 0
1991–92 Calgary Flames NHL 38 11 27 38 46
1991–92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 15 34 49 32
1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 83 32 95 127 100 21 10 25 35 30
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 83 27 84 111 105 18 6 22 28 42
1994–95 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss-A 9 2 13 15 16
1994–95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 10 23 33 26 7 0 6 6 6
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 32 40 72 77 6 1 7 8 12
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 15 45 60 46
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 20 7 15 22 22 10 0 4 4 14
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 63 13 40 53 68 6 5 2 7 4
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 72 16 40 56 56
1999–00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 22 34 56 51
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 3 14 17 12 5 0 1 1 0
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 7 31 38 70 13 2 4 6 12
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 10 31 41 48 12 4 6 10 16
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 11 19 30 36
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
QMJHL/OHL totals 186 128 203 331 139 32 22 32 54 24
NHL totals 1474 450 964 1414 1301 182 60 128 188 235

International feats[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1981 Canada WJC 5 0 0 0 0
1987 Canada Can-Cup 8 2 0 2 4
1990 Canada WC 9 1 4 5 18
Junior int'l totals 5 0 0 0 0
Senior int'l totals 17 3 4 7 22

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
KGN 2008–09 45 13 27 5 31 5th in East Missed playoffs
KGN 2009–10 68 33 30 5 71 2nd in East Lost in First round
KGN 2010–11 68 29 30 9 67 3rd in East Lost in First round
OHL totals 2008–2011 181 75 87 19 169

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1988–89 Calgary Flames at Hockey Reference
  2. ^ – Frank J. Selke Trophy
  3. ^ "Fearless". CNN. 1998-10-12. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Doug Robert Gilmour". Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  5. ^ a b Scher, Jon (1993-05-31). "The Rink Rat". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  6. ^ Luecking, Dave (2001-02-21). "Say It Ain't So: St. Louis Blues". CNNSI. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "No Indictment". The New York Times. 1988-12-28. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  9. ^ "Blues Trade Gilmour". The New York Times. 1988-09-06. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  10. ^ Hunter, Paul (2008-07-22). "Leafs to honour Clark, Gilmour". Toronto: The Star. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Gilmour joins Marlies coaching staff –
  13. ^ Zeisberger, Mike."Gilmour leaves Marlies" "Toronto Sun"
  14. ^
  15. ^ Cox, Damien (2009-01-17). "Gilmour has come full circle". The Star (Toronto). 

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Preceded by
Wendel Clark
Toronto Maple Leafs captain
Succeeded by
Mats Sundin
Preceded by
Chris Chelios
Chicago Blackhawks captain
Succeeded by
Tony Amonte
Preceded by
Guy Carbonneau
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
Succeeded by
Sergei Fedorov
Preceded by
Larry Mavety
Head Coach of the Kingston Frontenacs
Succeeded by
Todd Gill