Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Wickenheiser
When the Montreal Canadiens selected Doug Wickenheiser as the number one draft pick in 1980, it began a tumultuous period in his life that would torment both him and the organization until his trade to the St. Louis Blues three years later. Habs' fans had widely anticipated the Canadiens would use the top pick to select local hero Denis Savard. They were wrong. The fact that Wickenheiser turned in two mediocre seasons in a row did not help his popularity. Finally, in his third season, he was able to put together a 25-goal season with 35 assists, but no matter what he did, it seemed to pale in comparison with the exploits of Savard, who was spinning his magic for the Blackhawks in Chicago. Local popularity aside, Wickenheiser did have the credentials coming out of junior, validating him as a legitimate number one selection. During his final year with the Regina Pats, he scored 89 goals and had 81 assists for 170 points.

The trade came none to soon for Wickenheiser, who was dealt to the Blues midway through the 1983-84 season. He may best be remembered for his overtime playoff goal in 1986 that became known as the "Monday Night Miracle." On May 12, 1986 St. Louis rallied for three goals to force overtime against Calgary in Game 6 of the Campbell Conference finals, and Wickenheiser added the winner at 7:30 of the extra period.

Wickenheiser's final NHL points tally stands at 111 goals and 156 assists in 556 games over a 10-season career that also included stops with Vancouver, the N.Y. Rangers and Washington from 1980-90.

In 1997, Doug was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He battled the disease for two years before succumbing to his illness on January 12, 1999 in St. Louis at the age of 37.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Regina Blues SJHL 59 42 46 88 63
1977-78 Regina Pats WCJHL 68 37 51 88 49 13 4 5 9 4
1978-79 Regina Pats WHL 68 32 62 94 141
1979-80 Regina Pats WHL 71 89 81 170 99 18 14 26 40 20
1979-80 Regina Pats M-Cup 4 1 4 5 8
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 7 8 15 20 +5
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 12 23 35 43 +18
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 25 30 55 49 +22
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 27 5 5 10 6 +1
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 7 21 28 19 +10 11 2 2 4 2
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 23 20 43 36 +9
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 8 11 19 16 +11 19 2 5 7 12
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 13 15 28 37 -22 6 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 7 19 26 36 -15
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 1 1 0 1 0 +1
1988-89 Flint Spirits IHL 21 9 7 16 18
1988-89 Canada Nat-Tm 26 7 15 22 40
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 16 2 5 7 4 0 5 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 2 0 5 5 0
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 4 1 0 1 10
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 27 1 8 9 20 +1
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 35 9 19 28 22 12 2 5 7 22
1990-91 HC Asiago Italy 35 25 32 57 9
1991-92 EHC Unna German-3 8 14 6 20 36
1991-92 SV Bayreuth German-2 4 4 3 7 6
1991-92 Klagenfurter AC Austria 22 7 12 19
1992-93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 80 30 45 75 30 4 0 2 2 2
1993-94 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 73 22 37 59 22 14 2 2 4 4
NHL Totals 556 111 165 276 286 41 4 7 11 18


WHL First All-Star Team (1980)
WHL - Player of the Year (1980)
Canadian Major Junior - Player of the Year (1980)
Traded to St. Louis by Montreal with Gilbert Delorme and Greg Paslawski for Perry Turnbull, December 21, 1983. Claimed by Hartford from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Claimed by Vancouver from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 12, 1988. Signed as a free agent by Washington, February 28, 1989.
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