Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Hicks
After three years of junior hockey with the Flin Flon Bombers of the WCJHL, Doug Hicks was drafted by Minnesota in 1974. He went to work as a North Star the following fall, playing 80 games his rookie season and combining for 18 points. He didn't miss a game the next year either, and came up with the same point total.

In his third season with the Stars, Hicks, who had achieved something of an "Iron Man" reputation, played one less game and scored one more point to keep his numbers consistent. He began his fourth season with Minnesota, but after 61 games was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks along with a draft choice for Eddie Mio and future considerations. He finished the season and saw some playoff action with Chicago, who brought him back for 44 games the following year.

In the 1979 Expansion Draft, Edmonton claimed him and kept him for two and a half seasons and 186 games. Hicks had been playing fairly regularly for the Oilers, but some last-minute trades before the March 1982 deadline left him the seventh defenseman on the Edmonton team, and he was sent to Washington. Hicks was both surprised and upset by the move, as he had been looking forward to playoff action with the Oilers and instead found himself on a team with no hope of playing past the end of the regular season.

Hicks was bitter, and frankly admitted to hoping the Oilers would lose without him. However, he played the last 12 games of the 1981-82 season with the Caps and came back for six more the following year, although he spent much of that with the AHL Hershey Bears. Hicks decided to try coaching for the 1983-84 season, and spent it with the St. Albert Saints in the AJHL. However, he missed playing, and so spent the next four years in Europe playing for teams in both Germany and Austria before retiring from play in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1971-72 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 50 1 4 5 80 7 0 0 0 21
1972-73 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 65 14 35 49 106 9 1 2 3 15
1973-74 Flin Flon Bombers WCJHL 68 13 48 61 102 1 0 1 1 4
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 6 12 18 51 -25
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 80 5 13 18 54 -17
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 5 14 19 68 -31 2 0 0 0 7
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 61 2 9 11 51 -28
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 13 1 7 8 2 +5 4 1 0 1 2
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 1 8 9 15 -12
1978-79 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 6 0 1 1 12
1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 16 1 10 11 60 9 3 6 9 11
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 9 31 40 52 +18 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 5 16 21 76 +21 9 1 1 2 4
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 3 20 23 55 +6
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 1 1 11 -7
1982-83 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 0 0 7 -3
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 75 2 35 37 44 5 0 2 2 0
1983-84 St. Albert Saints AJHL
1984-85 Kolner EC W.German 38 10 26 36 60 7 0 0 0 9
1985-86
1986-87 Salzburger EC Austria 22 6 17 23 55
1987-88 Salzburger EC Austria 33 4 21 25 63
NHL Totals 561 37 131 168 442 18 2 1 3 15


Brother of Glenn Traded to Chicago by Minnesota with Minnesota's 3rd round pick (Marcel Frere) in 1980 NHL Draft for Eddie Mio and future considerations (Pierre Plante, May 4, 1978), March 14, 1978. Claimed by Edmonton from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Washington by Edmonton for Todd Bidner, March 9, 1982.
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