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Bill McDougall
Bill McDougall
Center
Number: 43
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Right
Born: Aug 10, 1966
Birthplace: New Waterford, NS, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on January 9, 1990.
It's not often you see a player make it to the NHL without benefit of having had experience in either major junior of college hockey, but such was the case for center Bill McDougall of Mississauga. In fact, at the age of 19, McDougall was still playing Junior B with the Streetsville Derbys in southern Ontario in 1985-86. He had a great offensive year, scoring 45 goals and 132 points in 42 games. What makes the statistics even more impressive was that he spent a staggering 262 minutes in the penalty box.

In 1986-87 McDougall headed west and played with the Humboldt Broncos where he once again displayed his offensive capabilities, netting 83 goals and 187 points in 60 games. The Broncos advanced to the finals of the Centennial Cup, but were beaten by the Richmond Sockeyes of the BCJHL. McDougall, who scored four goals and seven points in four games was named the tournament All-Star center. At the age of 21 McDougall headed to the east coast where he skated for the St. John's Capitals of the Newfoundland Senior League. In 42 games he found the back of the net 66 times while assisting on another 71. After another year in Newfoundland, McDougall joined the Erie Panthers of the ECHL and once again his offensive production was astounding: 80 goals and 148 points with a feisty 226 minutes in penalties and recipient of the league's MVP trophy.

By now many pro scouts had taken notice of McDougall's natural scoring abilities. On January 9, 1990 the Detroit Red Wings signed him to a minor-league contract and he dressed with their farm team in Adirondack. Once again McDougall seemed to have the magical scoring touch, counting ten goals in just eleven games. He was awarded a full-time roster spot in 1990-91 and responded with a 47-goal, 99-point effort. McDougall was called up to Detroit for two games, but saw limited ice time, leaving many observers with the notion that he was never truly given a fare opportunity to showcase his offensive abilities.

In February 1992, McDougall was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Max Middendorf but he managed to get into their lineup on just four occasions, scoring two goals and an assist. While playing with the Cape Breton Oilers in the AHL playoffs in 1993, McDougall scored an amazing 52 points in just 16 games and was named the playoff MVP. It seemed he was able to score at every level, but for some reason was never afforded a proper chance to excel at the NHL level. Frustrated by the lack of playing time in Edmonton, McDougall signed a free-agent deal with Tampa Bay in the summer of 1993. It was with the Lightning that he saw his only extended period of playing time in the NHL, suiting up for 22 games. But on a lousy Lightning team, McDougall managed just eight points and that seemed to be the final straw that sent him packing  literally.

In the fall of 1994, McDougall decided to play in Europe. He spent one year in Italy before moving on to Switzerland where he skated for four years. He also tried his hand at playing in the German league but returned to Switzerland in 2000.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
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10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89