Doug Shedden

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Doug Shedden
Born (1961-04-29) April 29, 1961 (age 53)
Wallaceburg, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
Quebec Nordiques
Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL
Erie Blades
Adirondack Red Wings
Fredericton Express
Baltimore Skipjacks
Newmarket Saints
Serie A
HC Bolzano
CoHL
Muskegon Fury
NHL Draft 93rd overall, 1980
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1981–1993

Douglas Arthur Shedden (born April 29, 1961) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. He coached Team Finland to a bronze medal in 2008 World Championships. Shedden is currently the head coach of KHL Medveščak - Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Shedden, who played the position of centre, spent eight seasons playing in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted 93rd overall by the Penguins in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. In 416 career NHL games, Shedden recorded 139 goals and 186 assists for 325 points. Shedden had a brief stint in Europe as he played in Italy for two seasons but returned to North America and retired from playing in 1993.

Coaching career[edit]

Shedden's Career as Head Coach started when he was hired to take over the Wichita Thunder in 1992. After leading Wichita to back-to-back CHL Championships in 1993-94 and 1994–95, Shedden coached several teams in UHL, CHL and ECHL before becoming the Head Coach for St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL, where he guided the team to their best record for wins in franchise history in their final year in St. John's.

After that Shedden was hired by Finnish SM-liiga team HIFK to replace Dave King, who had decided to go to Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague instead of HIFK. Shedden's single season at the helm of HIFK was good and the team fought its way to the Bronze Medal game. HIFK however lost to HPK.

After his debut in the SM-liiga, Shedden was acquired by HIFK's local rivals Jokerit, where Shedden made an impact during his first season as the Head Coach of the team. Jokerit survived all the way to the Finals but were defeated by Kärpät. Shedden's second season as the Head Coach of Jokerit was a bit of a disappointment. Jokerit did advance to the playoffs, but were defeated four games to three by Espoo Blues in the Semifinals even though Jokerit had a 3–1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The 2007–08 Season with Jokerit was Shedden's last, as he was contracted by EV Zug, a Swiss professional ice hockey team playing in the Swiss Nationalliga A.

During his time at Jokerit, Shedden was also contracted by the Finnish National Team as head coach to replace Erkka Westerlund. Under Shedden's coaching, Finland won the bronze medal in the 2008 World Championships. Shedden's one-year contract ended after 2008 World Championships and he was replaced by his assistant coach, Jukka Jalonen.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1977–78 Hamilton Fincups OMJHL 32 1 9 10 32
1977–78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 18 5 7 12 14
1978–79 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 66 16 42 58 29
1979–80 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 16 10 16 26 26
1979–80 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OMJHL 45 30 44 74 59
1980–81 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 51 72 123 78
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 10 15 25 12
1981–82 Erie Blades AHL 17 4 6 10 14
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 24 43 67 54
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 22 35 57 20
1984–85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 35 32 67 30
1985–86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 32 34 66 32
1985–86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 11 2 3 5 2
1986–87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 6 12 18 6
1986–87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 2 2 4 4
1986–87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 16 0 2 2 8
1986–87 Fredericton Express AHL 15 12 6 18 0
1987–88 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 80 37 51 88 32
1988–89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2
1988–89 Newmarket Saints AHL 29 14 26 40 6
1989–90 Newmarket Saints AHL 47 26 33 59 12
1990–91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 8 10 18 10
1990–91 Newmarket Saints AHL 47 15 23 38 16
1991–92 HC Bolzano Alpenliga 17 17 10 27 4
1991–92 HC Bolzano Serie A 13 6 10 16 16
1992–93 Muskegon Fury CoHL 21 16 21 37 18
NHL totals 416 139 186 325 176

Coaching statistics[edit]

    Coaching statistics
Season Team League GP W L T OTL Result
1992–93 Wichita Thunder CHL 34 19 13 2 0 Out of playoffs
1993–94 Wichita Thunder CHL 64 40 18 2 0 Won Championship
1994–95 Wichita Thunder CHL 66 44 18 4 0 Won Championship
1995–96 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 70 43 21 0 6 Lost in round 1
1996–97 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 70 38 28 4 0 Lost in Finals
1997–98 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 70 43 17 10 0 Lost in round 3
1998–99 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 70 46 18 6 0 Lost in round 2
1999–00 Flint Generals UHL 74 51 14 0 9 Won Championship
2000–01 Memphis Riverkings CHL 70 43 21 0 6 Lost in round 2
2001–02 Memphis Riverkings CHL 64 46 14 0 4 Won Championship
2002–03 Memphis Riverkings CHL 64 39 21 0 4 Won Championship
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 32 36 8 4 Out of Playoffs
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 46 28 5 1 Lost in round 1
2005–06 HIFK SM-liiga 56 28 14 10 4 Lost bronze medal game
2006–07 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 32 15 6 3 Lost in Final
2007–08 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 29 14 Lost bronze medal game
2007–08 Team Finland World Championships Won bronze medal

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Fay
Wichita Thunder head coach
1992 - 1995
Succeeded by
Don Jackson
Preceded by
Erkka Westerlund
Finnish national ice hockey team head coach
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Jukka Jalonen
Preceded by
Curt Lindström
Jokerit head coach
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Glen Hanlon
Preceded by
Pentti Matikainen
HIFK head coach
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Bob Francis