Doug Bodger
Doug Bodger
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
6 ft 02 in (1.88 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
Teams Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality CAN
Born June 18 1966 (1966-06-18) (age 54),
Chemainus, British Columbia
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1984
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 1984 – 2000

Doug Bodger (born June 18, 1966 in Chemainus, British Columbia) is a former Canadian defenceman in the National Hockey League. Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins ninth overall in the 1984 NHL Draft he would play in over 1,000 games in the NHL with the Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, and the Vancouver Canucks.

A standout junior player in the Western Hockey League, Bodger was twice named the best defenceman on the Kamloops Junior Oilers. He was also named a WHL all-star in both his junior seasons. He also represented Canada at three World Championships, winning a silver medal at the 1996 tournament.

Playing careerEdit

Bodger played his minor hockey with the Cowichan Midget Capitals before joining the Kamloops Junior Oilers of the Western Hockey League. In his first season with Kamloops, he scored 26 goals and 92 points, being named to the WHL Second All-Star Team. The following season, Bodger scored 21 goals and added 77 assists for 98 points, earning First All-Star Team honours. Both seasons he was named the team's top defenceman, With 190 points in two seasons of junior hockey, Bodger was one of the top prospects going into the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, being ranked the seventh greatest prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

As a top prospect, Bodger was expecting to be selected early in the draft. He had earlier conversations with the Detroit Red Wings, who told Bodger there was a "90 per cent chance" they would pick him at seventh overall, going so far as to ask he wear a red tie to match the the team colours. However, the Red Wings instead chose Shawn Burr. Instead, the Pittsburgh Penguins made Bodger their second choice of the draft; they had selected Mario Lemieux, who would become one of the greatest players in NHL history, first overall.

Bodger made his NHL debut alongside Lemieux on October 11, 1984 against the Boston Bruins. A shoulder separation limited his first season to 65 games, in which he had 5 goals and 26 assists. Bodger cited Lemieux, who led the team with 100 points, for helping him earn a lot of assists. The next season he appeard in 79 games, scoring 37 points.

Starting the 1988–89 season with the Penguins, Bodger was traded along with Darrin Shannon to the Buffalo Sabres on November 12, 1988 for Tom Barasso and a third-round draft choice in the 1990 draft. He played 61 games with the Sabres that season, scoring 7 goals and 40 assists, to make a total of 8 goals and 44 assists for the entire year.

He would retire on December 14, 1999 with the Vancouver Canucks as the highest scoring defenceman from British Columbia.

International playEdit

Bodger played for Canada at three World Championships, in 1987, 1996, and 1999. Joining the Canadian national team for the first time in 1987, Bodger played in all ten games, scoring one goal and one assist as Canada finished fourth in the tournament. His next appearance in the World Championships was in 1996. In eight games, Bodger contributed three assists and was named the team's best defenceman as Canada won the silver medal. His third and final appearance for the national team was at the 1999 World Championships, where he scored three assists in ten games for the fourth place Canadians.



Award Year
WHL Second All-Star Team 1983
WHL West First All-Star Team 1984

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82Cowichan Valley Midget CapitalsBCAHA
1982–83Kamloops Junior OilersWHL722666929870552
1983–84Kamloops Junior OilersWHL7021779890172151712
1984–85Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL655263167
1985–86Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL794333763
1986–87Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7611384952
1987–88Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL69143145103
1988–89Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL101457
1988–89Buffalo SabresNHL617404752511211
1989–90Buffalo SabresNHL711236486461566
1990–91Buffalo SabresNHL58523285440110
1991–92Buffalo SabresNHL7311354610872132
1992–93Buffalo SabresNHL81945548782350
1993–94Buffalo SabresNHL75732397670336
1994–95Buffalo SabresNHL44317204750440
1995–96Buffalo SabresNHL1605518
1995–96San Jose SharksNHL574192350
1996–97San Jose SharksNHL811151664
1997–98San Jose SharksNHL28461032
1997–98New Jersey DevilsNHL4955102550000
1998–99Los Angeles KingsNHL653111434
1999–00Vancouver CanucksNHL130114
NHL totals 1071 106 422 528 1007 47 6 18 24 25


Year Team Event   GP G A P PIM
1987 Canada WC 10 1 1 2 4
1996 Canada WC 8 0 3 3 0
1999 Canada WC 10 0 2 2 4
Senior Int'l Totals 28 1 6 7 8

External linksEdit

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