Podcast #22: Jordy Douglas - NHL/WHA Pro with the Hartford Whalers, Minnesota North Stars and Winnipeg jets
Episode 22 of Mark Willand's Pro Hockey Alumni podcast features the personable Jordy Douglas, a WHA and NHL pro, who scored 33 goals with the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.
After a great junior career with the Flin Flon Bombers, Jordy elected to sign with the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association in 1978. With the Whalers, he teamed with hockey legends like Johnny McKenzie, Davey Keon, Andre Lacroix and Gordie Howe as he learned the ropes of playing big league hockey. Jordy scored a goal in his first WHA game and really found his groove in the post-season. As a result of this strong performance, he joined Mark Howe as the only two protected Whalers skaters for the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft.
With the legendary Keon as his centerman in 1979, Jordy established himself as a legitimate NHL scoring threat. A highlite was a four-goal game vs. the eventual Stanley Cup Champion NY Islanders.
Unfortunately in game 77 of that season, Douglas suffered a broken collarbone, an event that began a cycle of serious injuries that would plague him for the rest of his career.
He’d later play for the Minnesota North Stars and Winnipeg Jets and conclude his career with a prolific two-year stay in Finland.
Upon retirement, Jordy found significant business success teaming with ex-NY Ranger Ted Irvine in the financial management industry.
Jordy is articulate, funny and an all-around good guy and you’ll enjoy his perspective on his days in hockey and beyond.
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Game Summary: Jordy Douglas 4-Goal Game Feb. 3, 1980
1 - NYI : Lane 3 (Nystrom, Merrick) (EV) 9:19
2 - HAR : Douglas 20 (EV) 16:12
Penalties - HAR - Howe G 8:18 ; NYI - Trottier 8:51 ;
3 - NYI : Trottier 29 (Bossy, Persson) (PP) 9:38
4 - HAR : Stoughton 31 (Rogers, Boutette) (PP) 16:05
Penalties - HAR - Fotiu 8:14 ; NYI - Lorimer 15:11 ;
5 - HAR : Douglas 21 (Howe Mk, Ley) (PP) 8:20
6 - NYI : Bossy 35 (Trottier) (EV) 9:04
7 - HAR : Douglas 22 (Ley, Keon) (EV) 16:03
8 - HAR : Douglas 23 (Howe Mk, Keon) (EV-EN) 19:06
Penalties - NYI - Nystrom 7:08 ;
New York Islanders : 0 of 0
Hartford Whalers : 0 of 0
Resch (NYI) (L) 35 saves on 40 shots - 60:00 mins
Garrett (HAR) (W) 27 saves on 30 shots - 60:00 mins
Attendance - 7,627
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