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Kent Douglas

 

 

Kent DouglasKent Gemmell Douglas (b. February 6, 1936 in Cobalt, Ontario - d. April 12, 2009) was a professional ice hockey defenceman and coach. He is best remembered for winning the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in the 1962–63 NHL season - the first defenceman to do so in the then-thirty-year history of the award - with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Before his first NHL season, Douglas spent five years playing for the AHL's Springfield Indians, under the tutelage of the eccentric Eddie Shore, where he was on three Calder Cup championship teams in 1959, 1960 and 1961, and won the league's best defenseman trophy in 1962.

Considered one of the weaker Calder winners in history, Douglas was unable to maintain his early success, although he did go on to play more than 400 NHL games. While Douglas played on three Stanley Cup winners with the Maple Leafs, his name was only engraved on the Cup once, in 1963.

In 1967, Douglas was drafted by the expansion Oakland Seals, then was traded to the Detroit Red Wings at mid-season, where he finished his NHL career in 1969. He spent the majority of the rest of his career in the AHL, with a stop in the World Hockey Association.

Douglas also spent almost two seasons as the player-coach of the AHL's Baltimore Clippers.

 



 

 

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