Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kent Douglas
Kent Douglas played two seasons of junior hockey with the Kitchener Canucks of the OHA before embarking on a seven-year apprenticeship in the AHL and the WHL. Just over three of those seasons were spent under the tutelage of former defensive great Eddie Shore whose Springfield Indians were to hockey players what boot camp was to recruits.

Douglas emerged from Shore's program as a tough and heady defenseman who caught Punch Imlach's eye in 1962. Douglas's first 80 games in a Leafs sweater were as good as his hockey experience would ever get. He corralled 22 points, 107 penalty minutes and left the Gardens in the Spring of 1963 with, figuratively speaking, a Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in one hand and the Stanley Cup in the other.

From the halcyon heights of his rookie campaign, Douglas settled into the reality of life in the NHL trenches. Although he managed to hang in with the Leafs until 1967, with three All-Star game appearances, he was demoted to the minors in 1964 and 1967, shortly before the Leafs won Stanley Cups on both occasions.

In 1967, he was claimed by the expansion Oakland Seals who sent him to Detroit shortly thereafter for a fistful of players. Douglas lasted a season and a half with the Wings before slipping into the AHL with the Rochester Americans and the Baltimore Clippers.

In 1972, Douglas joined in the WHA bonanza, serving as a player/coach with the short-lived New York Raiders. From there, it was back to the minors to round out his career with the Clippers and the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP 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 2
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 19
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 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 13 1 2 3 21
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 11 7 9 16 6 10 3 3 6 6
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 40 4 11 15 80 -18
1967-68 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 7 10 17 46 +6
1968-69 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 2 29 31 97 +4
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


AHL First All-Star Team (1962)
Eddie Shore Award (Outstanding Defenseman - AHL) (1962)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1963)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1971) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1962, 1963, 1964)
Traded to Toronto (Rochester-AHL) by Springfield (AHL) for Jim Wilcox, Roger Cote, Bill White, Dick Mattiussi and the loan of Wally Boyer, June 7, 1962. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Detroit by Oakland for John Brenneman, Ted Hampson and Bert Marshall, January 9, 1968. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Detroit for cash, June 20, 1969.
NHL rights transferred to Vancouver after NHL club purchased Vancouver (WHL) franchise, December 13, 1969. Traded to Baltimore (AHL) by Vancouver for cash, October 25, 1970. Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.