OHL Alumni Classics: Doug Shedden

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doug shedden ontario hockey league alumniMark Messier has a top notch assistant coach for the 2010 Spengler Cup in Ontario Hockey League legend, Doug Shedden.

Doug Shedden played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OMJHL) from 1977-78 to 1980-81. He began with the Hamilton Fincups and was traded to the Kitchener Rangers in his first season. His true success came when he was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds during the 1979-80 season. He finished that season with exactly 100 points and then went on to a 51 goal and 123 point performance in his final season.

In 1980-81, Shedden was one of four Greyhounds with 12o points or more during the regular season. He was third on the team in scoring and tenth in the league. The team won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the regular season champion. They made it to the Robertson Cup finals before losing out to the Kitchener Rangers. Although the Rangers finished on top of the Emms Division that season, they did it with just 69 points.

Doug was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, 93rd overall. From 1981-82 to 1985-86, Shedden was a mainstay with the Penguins. Although his NHL career would last until the 1990-91 season, 87% of his 325 NHL points came as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Over his NHL career, Shedden played 416 regular season games with Pittsburgh, Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs.

His pro career continued on for two seasons after his final NHL game. Shedden split the 1991-92 season between HC Davos of Switzerland’s National League B and Bolzano in Italy. In 1992-93, Doug finished off his career with the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League.

Never skipping a beat, Shedden has been a head coach somewhere each year since retiring as a player. He has won championships four times in the Central Hockey League (1993-94, 1994-95, 2001-02, 2002-03) and once in the Colonial Hockey League (1999-00). He was named as the Commissioners Trophy recipient in the Central Hockey League for the 1993-94 season as Coach of the Year.

Doug had a three year stint as head coach in Finland’s SM-Liiga. In 2008, he coached Team Finland to a Bronze medal at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Shedden is currently in his third year as head coach of Zug in Switzerland’s National League A.

Shedden will have six Ontario Hockey League grads to direct at the Spengler Cup. Find out who there are here.

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