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Douglas, Kent
Toronto Maple Leafs
1962-63

For fans of hockey in the early 1960s, few will forget the image of KENT DOUGLAS wearing the dark smears under both eyes. With the advent of colour television, there was a need to brighten the arenas for broadcast purposes, and KENT felt that the black under his eyes reduced the glare. It may very well have helped. Seemingly stuck with Eddie Shore's Springfield Indians of the AHL, an non-affiliated team with an owner often referred to as a "tyrant," DOUGLAS spent parts of five seasons with the Indians, winning the Outstanding Defenseman Award and a First Team AHL berth in 1962. During the summer of '62, Toronto sent a package of five prospects to Springfield in order to pry DOUGLAS away from the Indians. Steady yet aggressive, the native of Cobalt Ontario took his spot as the fifth defenseman on a Maple Leaf team that boasted Bob Baun, Carl Brewer, Tim Horton and Allan Stanley. A valuable addition, KENT DOUGLAS played in all 70 games in 1962-63, scoring seven and assisting on 15 others for 22 points, and earned the CALDER TROPHY as the NHL's rookie of the year, beating Detroit's Doug Barkley.



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