Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Evans
Doug Evans had heard it most of his life playing hockey. He was too small. At every level, Evans proved his critics wrong, but the NHL scouts were singing the same tune. He was not drafted, despite having placed three successful seasons with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. In two of his three years he averaged better than a point per game, and had 86 points in just 65 games in 1982-83. Realizing he needed a year with numbers that would catch the eye of the scouts, Evans decided his best chance would be to return to the Petes for a fourth year as an overage player. In his fourth year with the club, Evans scored 45 goals and 79 assists in 61 games.

That final season drew the attention of several NHL clubs, including the St. Louis Blues, who signed him to a contract. Evans played two years with the Blues' farm team in Peoria where he was exceptionally strong. In the 1984-85 season with the Rivermen he had 36 goals and 61 assists for 97 points while racking up a rather feisty 189 minutes in penalties. He followed that up with an even better showing in 1985-86 with 46 goals and 51 assists for another 97-point season. However, he accomplished the 97 points in 12 fewer games than the previous year. Evans was called up for duty with the Blues for 13 games, scoring once.

Evans would remain in the Blues' organization another four years, dividing his time between the Blues and the Rivermen. Late in the 1989-90 season the Blues dealt him to the Winnipeg Jets. It was as a member of the Jets that he played in 70 games in 1990-91, the most of any one single season in his career. He had seven goals and 34 points that year.

Evans made one final NHL stop in Philadelphia, playing with the Flyers in 1992-93, scoring eight goals and 21 points in 70 games. That would mark the end of his NHL playing days, but Evans continued on his long-time association with the Peoria Rivermen, playing another six years with the club.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 51 9 24 33 139
1981-82 Peterborough Petes OHL 56 17 49 66 176 9 0 2 2 41
1982-83 Peterborough Petes OHL 65 31 55 86 165 4 0 3 3 23
1983-84 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 45 79 124 98 8 4 12 16 26
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen IHL 81 36 61 97 189 20 8 11 19 88
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 1 0 1 2 0
1985-86 Peoria Rivermen IHL 60 46 51 97 179 10 4 6 10 32
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 3 13 16 91 +2 5 0 0 0 10
1986-87 Peoria Rivermen IHL 18 10 15 25 39
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 5 7 12 49 -7 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Peoria Rivermen IHL 11 4 16 20 64
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 7 12 19 81 +3 7 1 2 3 16
1989-90 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 42 19 28 47 128
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 27 10 8 18 33 +7 7 2 2 4 10
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 70 7 27 34 108 -1
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 30 7 7 14 68 +2 1 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 10 7 8 15 10
1991-92 Peoria Rivermen IHL 16 5 14 19 38
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 65 8 13 21 70 -9
1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL 76 27 63 90 108 6 2 6 8 10
1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL 74 13 39 52 103 9 2 9 11 10
1995-96 Peoria Rivermen IHL 74 19 48 67 81 1 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 67 23 59 82 128 10 10 12 22 20
1997-98 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 52 27 37 64 98 +25 3 0 1 1 4
1998-99 Peoria Rivermen ECHL 57 14 46 60 112 +5 4 0 5 5 10
NHL Totals 355 48 87 135 502 22 3 4 7 38


Brother of Paul and Kevin
IHL First All-Star Team (1986)
Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, June 10, 1985. Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis for Ron Wilson, January 22, 1990. Traded to Boston by Winnipeg for Daniel Berthiaume, June 10, 1992. Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1992.
Played w/ RHI's St. Louis Vipers in 1996 (4-2-7-9-3) and San Jose Rhinos in 1997 (23-3-4-7-151).