Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Soetaert
While young Doug was growing up in Edmonton, his father stored all the hockey equipment for the community club's team in the family basement. After school, Soetaert would put on the goalie pads and have friends take shots on him in the basement.

Soetaert played his junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WCJHL from 1971 to 1975. During the 1974-75 season, he practiced with Hall of Famer Jacques Plante, then the Edmonton Oilers' informal goalie coach. That season also saw Soetaert selected by the New York Rangers in the 1975 Amateur Draft. He played in the World Junior Championships for team Canada and won a silver medal.

The next season saw Soetaert make his NHL debut, playing in eight games, though he spent the majority of the year with the AHL's Providence Reds. He did this for his tenure with the Rangers until 1981. Soetaert was then traded to the Jets where he played regularly while also seeing his first action in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was dealt once again in 1984, this time to the Canadiens, where he spent the next two seasons. After two years, Soetaert left Montreal to go back to New York signing with the Rangers as a free agent. The 1986-87 season was his last.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1970-71 Edmonton Canadians AAHA
1970-71 Edmonton Oil Kings AJHL 3 0 7.00
1971-72 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 37 3 3.62 6 0 2.92
1972-73 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 43 1 3.67 6 0 5.84
1973-74 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 39 1 4.47 3 0 3.83
1974-75 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 65 1 4.42
1974-75 Canada WJC-A 2 2.50
1975-76 New York Rangers NHL 8 2 2 0 0 5.27
1975-76 Providence Reds AHL 16 6 9 1 0 4.35 1 0 1 0 0 6.10
1976-77 New York Rangers NHL 12 3 4 1 1 2.95
1976-77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 16 6 9 0 0 3.86
1977-78 New York Rangers NHL 6 2 2 2 0 3.33
1977-78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 38 16 16 6 0 3.75 15 8 7 0 0 3.47
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 17 5 7 3 0 3.80
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 3 2 1 0 1 3.67
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 8 5 2 0 0 4.55
1979-80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 32 17 18 5 3 3.58 8 5 3 0 0 3.01
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 39 16 16 7 0 3.93
1980-81 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 12 5 5 1 2 3.14 4 0 3 0 0 5.18
1981-82 Winnipeg Jets NHL 39 13 14 8 2 4.31 2 1 1 0 4.00
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 19 19 6 0 4.12 1 0 0 0 0.00
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 47 18 15 7 0 4.30 1 0 1 0 15.00
1984-85 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 14 9 4 0 3.40 1 0 0 0 3.00
1985-86 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 11 7 2 3 2.77
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 13 2 7 2 0 5.16
NHL Totals 284 110 104 42 6 3.96 5 1 2 0 4.66


Traded to Winnipeg by NY Rangers for Winnipeg's 3rd round choice (Vesa Salo) in 1983 Entry Draft, September 8, 1981. Traded to Montreal by Winnipeg for Mark Holden, October 9, 1984. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 24, 1986.