Kent Douglas

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Kent Douglas
Kent Douglas Ralston Purina card.JPG
Born (1936-02-06)February 6, 1936
Cobalt, ON, CAN
Died April 12, 2009(2009-04-12) (aged 73)
Wasaga Beach, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Oakland Seals
Detroit Red Wings
New York Raiders
Playing career 1956–1976

Kent Gemmell Douglas (February 6, 1936 – April 12, 2009) was a professional ice hockey defenceman and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Douglas started his career with the Kitchener Canucks in the Ontario Hockey Association.[1] He spent two seasons with the Canucks before spending eight seasons in the American Hockey League and the Western Hockey League with the Springfield Indians, Winnipeg Warriors and the Vancouver Canucks. In Springfield, Douglas came under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Eddie Shore, the then owner of the Indians.[2] There, Douglas learned Shore's tough defensive style of play which contributed to the Indians three consecutive Calder Cup championships from 1960–1962.[3]

Later years[edit]

In 1962–63, Douglas made his first trip to the National Hockey League. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs and continued his aggressive style of play during his rookie season in the NHL. In 70 games, Douglas recorded 22 points and 105 PIM. The Leafs, that year, made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they played the Detroit Red Wings. Toronto defeated the Red Wings in five games to win the Stanley Cup giving Douglas a Stanley Cup in his first season in the NHL.[4] Douglas was also awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in the NHL - the first defenceman to do so.[5] The following season, Douglas split his time between the Leafs and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He played 41 games with the Leafs and 27 games with the Americans that season. His 41 games with the Leafs saw him record only one point.

Douglas remained with the Leafs until 1966–67 before being sent down to the minors, despite making three NHL All-Star Game appearances and playing on three Stanley Cup winners with the Maple Leafs. Although he was part of Toronto's three Stanley Cup wins, Douglas' name was engraved on the Cup only once, in 1962-63.[6] In 1967–68, Douglas was claimed by the California Seals in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.[7] The California Seals changed their name before the start of the 1967-68 season to the Oakland Seals. Douglas played 40 games with the Seals before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings. Douglas would play the remainder of the season and the 1968–69 season with the Red Wings before being sent down to the AHL again with the Rochester Americans. Douglas would stay in the AHL for the next three seasons,[8] making the Calder Cup Finals with the Baltimore Clippers in 1971–72. In 1972–73 Douglas joined the New York Raiders in the World Hockey Association.[9] Douglas played one season with the Raiders before returning to the minor leagues once again. He would play three more seasons before retiring.

Douglas died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 73.[10]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1954-55 Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 21 2 5 7 104
1955-56 Kitchener Canucks OHA-Jr. 48 16 22 38 193 8 3 1 4 40
1955-56 Springfield Indians AHL 3 1 0 1 4
1956-57 Owen Sound Mercurys OHA-Sr. 52 9 4 13 205
1957-58 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 68 10 24 34 135 7 0 1 1 25
1958-59 Vancouver Canucks WHL 48 14 12 26 144
1958-59 Springfield Indians AHL 9 2 4 6 28
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 67 12 18 30 157 10 1 4 5 45
1960-61 Springfield Indians AHL 65 8 28 36 138 8 1 1 2 14
1961-62 Springfield Indians AHL 59 18 41 59 151 11 2 8 10 10
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 7 15 22 105 10 1 1 2 0
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 0 1 1 29
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 27 6 13 19 38 2 0 1 1 2
1964-65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 5 23 28 129 5 0 1 1 29
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 6 14 20 97 4 0 1 1 12
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 2 12 14 48
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 11 7 9 16 6 10 3 3 6 6
1966-67 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 13 1 2 3 21
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 40 4 11 15 80
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 7 10 17 46
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 2 29 31 97
1969-70 Rochester Americans AHL 64 9 31 40 145
1970-71 Baltimore Clippers AHL 71 9 36 45 72 6 1 3 4 16
1971-72 Baltimore Clippers AHL 75 6 31 37 180 18 0 4 4 26
1972-73 New York Raiders WHA 60 3 15 18 74
1972-73 Long Island Ducks EHL 1 0 0 0 0
1973-74 Baltimore Clippers AHL 71 7 46 53 176 9 2 4 6 34
1974-75 Baltimore Clippers AHL 37 5 19 24 67
1974-75 Toledo Goaldiggers IHL 22 2 9 11 10 19 2 7 9 6
1975-76 Baltimore Clippers AHL 66 5 33 38 140
NHL totals 428 33 115 148 631 19 1 3 4 33
WHA totals 60 3 15 18 74
AHL totals 625 95 309 404 1302 74 10 28 38 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Douglas, Kent". Hockey Heritage North. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  2. ^ "HHOF-Stanley Cup Journal". HHOF. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Kent Douglas". Springfield Hockey Heritage Society. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "1963 Stanley Cup-Toronto Maple Leafs". Joe Pelletier. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  5. ^ "1962-63 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner". HHOF. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  6. ^ " "Kent Douglas, 73: Former Leafs Defenceman". Toronto: Kevin McGran. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  7. ^ "1967 NHL Expansion Draft". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Eddie Shore Award". AHL Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Kent Douglas". HHOF. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  10. ^ The Star (Toronto). 2009-04-13 http://www.thestar.com/news/obituaries/2009/04/13/kent_douglas_73_former_leafs_defenceman.html |url= missing title (help). 

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Preceded by
Bobby Rousseau
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1963
Succeeded by
Jacques Laperrière