Doug Young was a member of the 1926 Memorial Cup champion Calgary Canadians prior to moving to the Can-Pro League for the 1926-27 season. By 1930 he was an IHL First Team All-Star with Cleveland and his first NHL appearance was not far away.
Young made his NHL debut in the 1931-32 season with the Detroit Falcons and posted a career-high ten goals in his rookie campaign. In 1935-36, he was a member of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and played in the 1939 NHL All-Star Game.
He signed with the Montreal Canadiens prior to the 1939-40 season and appeared in 50 games with the Canadiens until he was claimed off waivers by Toronto on November 29, 1940. He was assigned by the Leafs to the Providence Reds of the AHL and never again played in the NHL.