Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Favell
When the National Hockey League doubled in size with the 1967 league expansion many big-league jobs were suddenly created for minor league players and one of the men that seized that opportunity was goaltender Doug Favell. Favell was tending goal in the Bruins organization when he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the expansion draft.

With the Flyers Favell split the duties with another former Bruin, Bernie Parent. His first season in Philadelphia was a success with Favell posting a .500 record with 15 wins and 15 losses. Over the next three and a half years Favell and Parent continued to split the goaltending duties for the rapidly improving Philadelphia club. However, midway through the 1970-71 campaign Parent was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Favell became the undisputed starter. In 1972-73 the Flyers really began to show signs of becoming a league power and Favell back-stopped them during their first extended venture into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. When the Flyers bowed out 11 games into the post-season, management decided to reverse a previous descion.

Favell was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that saw his former partner Bernie Parent return to the city of brotherly love. With the Leafs Favell was one of three veterans that handled the goaltending duties, though Favell's 32 appearances led the team. The following season he again played the lion's share of games, but struggled with just 12 wins in 39 games and the worst goals against average of his career. His third season in Toronto saw him play just three games with the Maple Leafs and he was unable to manage a win. An elbow injury that required surgery put him on the shelf for a stretch of the season and he spent four games in the minor leagues. In the end, his year was a write-off with just seven games played for Favell.

In September of 1976 the Maple Leafs sold Favell's rights to the Colorado Rockies. Favell spent that first season backing up Michel Plasse, another netminder the Rockies had acquired in the off-season. During his second year in Colorado Favell wrestled the starting job away from Plasse and he played 47 games and posted 13 victories. Much like his time with the Maple Leafs, he ran into trouble during his third season with the club. Favell was unable to post a victory during seven games with Colorado and spent the rest of his season toiling in the minors.

That summer the league absorbed four franchises from the World Hockey Assocation and the league held an expansion draft to help fill out their rosters. The Edmonton Oilers selected the veteran goaltender, and though he elected to retire rather then try and make the new club's roster, Favell entered the history books as the only player selected in both the 1967 and 1979 Expansion drafts.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1962-63 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 1 0 2.00
1963-64 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 28 3 3.36
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 22 0 3.59 3 2 1 0 0 3.00
1964-65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1964-65 Niagara Falls Flyers M-Cup 2 1 0 0 0 2.25
1965-66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 18 4 8 5 0 3.34
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 2 1 1 0 0 3.00 2 0 2 0 0 5.31
1966-67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 33 14 13 4 1 2.83
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 37 15 15 6 4 2.27 2 1 1 0 4.00
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 21 3 12 5 1 3.56 1 0 1 0 5.00
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 4 0 4 0 0 4.82
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 4 5 4 1 3.15
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 16 15 9 2 2.66 2 0 2 0 4.00
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 54 18 25 9 5 2.81
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 20 15 4 3 2.83 11 5 6 1 2.60
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 14 7 9 0 2.71 3 0 3 0 3.31
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 12 17 6 1 4.05
1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 2 1 0 5.63
1975-76 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 4 3 1 0 0 3.00
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 30 8 15 3 0 3.90
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 47 13 20 11 1 3.58 2 0 2 0 3.00
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 7 0 5 2 0 5.37
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 32 12 15 4 1 4.48
NHL Totals 373 123 153 69 18 3.16 21 6 15 1 3.11


Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967.
Missed remainder of 1969-70 due to heel injury suffered in dressing room accident, February 11, 1970. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia to complete transaction that sent Bernie Parent to Philadelphia (May 15, 1973), July 27, 1973. Traded to Colorado by Toronto for cash, September 15, 1976. Claimed by Edmonton from Colorado in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
Only player to be claimed in both the 1967 and 1979 Expansion Drafts.
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