Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Bodger
Doug Bodger was a mobile defenceman with excellent offensive instincts who spent sixteen years in the NHL. He was an asset on the power play and transition game and later added veteran composure to his team's blueline corps.

The native of Chemainus, B.C. was a key offensive player on the WHL's Kamloops Blazers for two seasons. He accumulated 190 points in junior and was named to the league's second all-star team in 1983. After chosing Mario Lemieux first overall, the Pittsburgh Penguins made Bodger the ninth player taken in the 1984 Entry Draft.

The young blueliner scored 31 points as a rookie and saw plenty of action on the power play. He continued to mature over the next four seasons and represented Canada when it finished fourth at the 1987 World Championships. Early in the 1988-89 season, Bodger was part of the package sent to the Buffalo Sabres for star goalie Tom Barrasso.

Bodger spent parts of eight seasons in Buffalo where he topped the 40-assist mark twice and played on both specialty teams. He became a workhorse at both ends of the ice and was a leader in the dressing room. When the Sabres retooled in 1995-96, the veteran backliner was sent to the San Jose Sharks where he added mobility and experience to the young defence. When the club missed the playoffs, Bodger joined Team Canada at the World Championships where it won a silver medal.

Part-way through the 1997-98 season, the close-checking New Jersey Devils sought Bodger's talent for their relatively pedestrian blueline. In the off-season, he returned to California as a member of the improving Los Angeles Kings. Bodger moved up the "left coast" as a free agent to add savvy to the Vancouver Canucks defense in 1999-2000 but retired after dressing for only 13 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Cowichan Midget Caps Minor-BC
1982-83 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 72 26 66 92 98 7 0 5 5 2
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers WHL 70 21 77 98 90 17 2 15 17 12
1983-84 Kamloops Jr. Oilers M-Cup 4 0 1 1 2
1984-85 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 5 26 31 67 -24
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 4 33 37 63 +3
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 11 38 49 52 +6
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 1 1 2 4
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 69 14 31 45 103 -4
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 1 4 5 7 +6
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 7 40 47 52 +9 5 1 1 2 11
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 71 12 36 48 64 0 6 1 5 6 6
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 5 23 28 54 -8 4 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 11 35 46 108 +1 7 2 1 3 2
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 9 45 54 87 +14 8 2 3 5 0
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 7 32 39 76 +8 7 0 3 3 6
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 3 17 20 47 -3 5 0 4 4 0
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 0 5 5 18 -6
1995-96 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 4 19 23 50 -18
1995-96 Canada WC-A 8 0 3 3 0
1996-97 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 1 15 16 64 -14
1997-98 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 4 6 10 32 0
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 49 5 5 10 25 -1 5 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 3 11 14 34 +1
1998-99 Canada WC-A 10 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 13 0 1 1 4 -6
2000-01 Powell River Regals Exhib.
2000-01 Canada Nag-Cup
NHL Totals 1071 106 422 528 1007 47 6 18 24 25


WHL Second All-Star Team (1983)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1984)
Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh wih Darrin Shannon for Tom Barrasso and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Joe Dziedzic) in 1990 Entry Draft, November 12, 1988. Traded to San Jose by Buffalo for Vaclav Varada, Martin Spanhel and Philadelphia's 1st (previously acquired, later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Daniel Briere) and 4th (previously acquired, Buffalo selected Mike Martone) round choices in 1996 Entry Draft, November 16, 1995. Traded to New Jersey by San Jose with Dody Wood for John MacLean and Ken Sutton, December 7, 1997. Traded to Los Angeles by New Jersey for Boston's 4th round choice (previously acquired, New Jersey selected Pierre Dagenais) in 1998 Entry Draft, June 18, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 18, 1999.
Officially announced NHL retirement, December 14, 1999.