Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike McDougal
As a member of the Port Huron Jr. Flags in 1973-74, it was evident winger Mike McDougal possessed tremendous hockey talent. He was spotted by several scouts from the QMJHL, who convinced McDougal he needed to transfer to major junior hockey to play against stronger opposition and develop his game.

Despite being just 16, McDougal earned a roster spot with Montreal of the QMJHL and turned in a solid rookie effort, accumulating 48 points in 70 games. He also was not shy when it came to the rough stuff, spending 121 minutes in the penalty box.

He played another year in Montreal, but then at the age of 18 decided to return to Port Huron where the chance to play for the IHL's Flags came about. He suited up for 59 games that year, scoring 54 points. He played another year in Port Huron and twice represented the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Despite having two years of pro hockey under his belt, McDougal only became eligible for the NHL Draft in 1978, where he was taken in the fifth round, 76th overall by the New York Rangers. That fall he joined the Rangers AHL affiliate in New Haven and produced 50 points in 78 games. He also played in his first NHL game for New York that year, but watched most of the game from the bench. McDougal remained in the Rangers organization until 1981, playing exclusively with New Haven when he was claimed in the Waiver Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His only full season in the NHL came in 1982-83 when he dressed for 55 Whaler games, scoring eight goals and 18 points. He played through the 1983-84 campaign with Binghamton of the AHL, retiring at the age of 26.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Port Huron Jr. Flags MWJHL 40 27 33 60
1974-75 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 70 21 27 48 121
1975-76 Montreal Juniors QMJHL 71 31 44 75 71
1976-77 Port Huron Flags IHL 59 25 29 54 46
1976-77 United States WJC-A
1977-78 Port Huron Flags IHL 44 15 16 31 65
1977-78 United States WJC-A 6 3 5 8 10
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 78 24 26 50 60 10 1 5 6 8
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 68 17 25 42 43 3 0 3 3 0
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 66 21 23 44 20 4 0 0 0 2
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 58 10 18 28 56 14 1 8 9 12
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 55 8 10 18 43 -33
1982-83 Binghamton Whalers AHL 14 7 5 12 20
1983-84 Binghamton Whalers AHL 59 11 14 25 56
NHL Totals 61 8 10 18 43


Claimed by Hartford from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft, October 6, 1981.
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