Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gary Doak
Doak's hockey fire was stoked through his participation in Goderich's renowned Young Canada Peewee Hockey Tournament. But to move to higher ranks, he had to leave the shores of Lake Huron to play his junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings of the OHA.

By 1965, Doak saw his first NHL action with the Detroit Red Wings. But after only four games, he was dispatched to the minors and then on to the Boston Bruins for three seasons of injury-riddled experience, culminating in a Stanley Cup victory in the company of Orr and Esposito.

Doak's biggest career break came when he was claimed by the expansion Vancouver Canucks in 1970. Plenty of ice time coupled with fewer injuries allowed him to excel as a textbook, stay-at-home blueliner who tattooed impressions of his shoulders and elbows onto any opponents who came within range.

After two seasons with the Canucks, Doak made pit stops in Detroit and New York before returning to Boston to round out his on-ice career in 1980.

Doak then went behind the Bruins' bench as an assistant to head coach Gerry Cheevers for five additional seasons. He also coached for two years at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 50 3 10 13 83 5 0 0 0 17
1963-64 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 55 2 31 33 162
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Hamilton Red Wings OHA-Jr. 56 8 26 34 216
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 2 1 0 1 4 3 0 0 0 4
1965-66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 12
1965-66 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 48 0 6 6 88
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 20 0 8 8 28
1966-67 Boston Bruins NHL 29 0 1 1 50
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 17 4 3 7 96
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 59 2 10 12 100 +13 4 0 0 0 4
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 22 3 3 6 37 +11
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL 44 1 7 8 63 +7 8 0 0 0 9
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 13 1 5 6 53
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 2 10 12 112 -5
1971-72 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 0 1 1 23 -1
1971-72 New York Rangers NHL 49 1 10 11 54 +16 12 0 0 0 46
1972-73 Detroit Red Wings NHL 44 0 5 5 51 +5
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1 2 0 0 0 2
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 69 0 4 4 44 -2
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 40 0 0 0 30 -3 3 0 0 0 4
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 58 1 6 7 60 +25 12 1 0 1 22
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 76 3 13 16 107 +15 14 0 2 2 26
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 61 4 13 17 50 +37 12 1 0 1 4
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 63 6 11 17 28 +12 7 0 2 2 4
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 52 0 5 5 45 +14 4 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 0 0 12 -3
NHL Totals 789 23 107 130 908 78 2 4 6 121


Traded to Boston by Detroit with Bill Lesuk, Ron Murphy and future considerations (Steve Atkinson, June 6, 1966) for Dean Prentice and Leo Boivin, February 16, 1966.
Missed majority of 1968-69 due to mononucleosis. Claimed by Vancouver from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver with Jim Wiste for Dave Balon, Wayne Connelly and Ron Stewart, November 16, 1971. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Rick Newell for Joe Zanussi and Detroit's 1st round choice (Albert Blanchard) in 1972 Amateur Draft, May 24, 1972. Traded to Boston by Detroit for Garnet Bailey and future considerations (Murray Wing, June 4, 1973), March 1, 1973.