Doug Risebrough

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Doug Risebrough
Born (1954-01-29) January 29, 1954 (age 63)
Guelph, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 7th overall, 1974
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1974–1987

Douglas John Risebrough (pronounced RYES-brow) (born January 29, 1954) is a former player, coach, and general manager in the National Hockey League. In his 31 years in the NHL, he has been involved with the Stanley Cup Playoffs 25 times. He is currently a pro scout for the New York Rangers.

Playing history[edit]

Risebrough was born in Guelph, Ontario, and was the Montreal Canadiens’ first pick (7th overall) in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. In eight seasons with the Canadiens, Risebrough helped Montreal capture four consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1976 through 1979). He was traded to the Calgary Flames on September 11, 1982, and spent the next five years with the Flames. During his tenure with Calgary, Risebrough skated as the Flames co-captain then tri-captain for four seasons, with both Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski. In 1986, as a Tri-Captain, Doug Risebrough led the Flames to his fifth Stanley Cup Finals as a player. They eventually lost to the Montreal Canadiens.

Throughout his career, Risebrough was an agitator, often assigned to pester the opponents' top players. In one famous chapter of the Battle of Alberta, Risebrough, while playing with the Flames fought with Marty McSorley. Risebrough lost the fight, but ended up with McSorley's jersey, which he shredded with his skates.

In 740 career NHL games, Risebrough totaled 185 goals and 471 points. He added 21 goals and 37 assists in 124 Stanley Cup playoff contests. He also held a total of 1542 penalty minutes during the regular season, and an additional 238 in the playoffs. During his 13-year career, teams on which Risebrough played recorded a .660 regular season winning percentage (607–274–159).

Coaching and management history[edit]

After announcing his retirement as a player following the 1986–87 season, Risebrough served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Flames. He helped guide Calgary to two consecutive Presidents' Trophies and the 1989 Stanley Cup championship, his fifth Stanley Cup championship as a player or coach. He was promoted to assistant general manager for the Flames before the 1989–90 season, and served as Calgary’s head coach for the 1990–91 campaign. On May 16, 1991, Risebrough became only the second general manager in Flames’ history, and served as both general manager and coach for the first 64 games of the 1991–92 season. On March 3, 1992, Risebrough's Flames were beaten by the Vancouver Canucks 11–0. Immediately after the game, Risebrough relinquished his coaching duties to assistant Guy Charron. He did however continue his role as Calgary’s general manager until November 2, 1995.

Prior to joining the Minnesota Wild, Risebrough served as the Edmonton Oilers vice president of hockey operations from 1996 to 1999. With the Oilers, the Guelph, Ontario native was involved in all aspects of the club’s hockey operations department. Edmonton advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the three seasons Risebrough was with the organization. The turnaround followed four consecutive years in which the Oilers did not make the playoffs.

Risebrough was named executive vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Wild on September 2, 1999. After the Wild's first playoff appearance in 2002–03, he was promoted to president of Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the corporate parent of the Wild, on July 23, 2003. On April 16, 2009, Risebrough was relieved of his duties with the Minnesota Wild.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CGY 1990–91 80 46 26 8 100 2nd in Smythe Lost in first round
CGY 1991–92 64 25 30 9 (74) 5th in Smythe (resigned)
Total 144 71 56 17

Personal life[edit]

Risebrough is married to wife Marilyn. Together, they have one daughter, Lindsay, who was a star tennis player at Edina High School and the University of Minnesota.[1]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cam Connor
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Rick Chartraw
Preceded by
Phil Russell
Calgary Flames captain
with Lanny McDonald (1983–87)
and Jim Peplinski (1984–87)
Succeeded by
Lanny McDonald
Jim Peplinski
Preceded by
Terry Crisp
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Guy Charron
Preceded by
Cliff Fletcher
General Manager of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Al Coates
Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Minnesota Wild
Succeeded by
Chuck Fletcher

Note: Risebrough and McDonald were co-captains during the 1983–84 season. Risebrough, McDonald and Peplinski were tri-captains during 1984–87 seasons.