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Doug Lidster
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Born October 18, 1960 (1960-10-18) (age 58)
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks (1983–1993)
New York Rangers (1993–1994)
St. Louis Blues (1995)
New York Rangers (1995–1998)
Dallas Stars (1999)
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 1980
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1983–1999

Doug Lidster (born John Douglas Andrew Lidster on October 18, 1960) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL.

An offensive-minded rearguard, he was known as an excellent power play quarterback who constantly helped his team's transition game with his ability to carry the puck out of his own zone.

Playing CareerEdit

Doug was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round (133rd overall) of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft played four years of college hockey while attending Colorado College before playing for Team Canada in the 1984 Olympics.

Near the end of the 1984-85 NHL season, he made his NHL debut with the Canucks and became a reliable presence on the Vancouver blue line until he was traded to the New York Rangers prior to the 1993–94 NHL season.

While with the rangers, Doug moved into more of a depth role, but he still helped guide the 1994 Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, scoring two goals in the Finals as they defeated the Canucks.

After a brief stint with the St. Louis Blues, he was reacquired by the Rangers in 1995–96.

Doug played three more seasons on Broadway before signing with the Dallas Stars in early 1999 where he won his second Stanley Cup before retiring.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Colorado College NCAA 39 18 25 43 52
1980–81 Colorado College NCAA 36 10 30 40 54
1981–82 Colorado College NCAA 36 13 22 35 32
1982–83 Colorado College NCAA 34 15 41 56 30
1983–84 Canadian National Team Intl 66 6 22 28 30
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 1 0
1984–85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 6 24 30 55
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 12 16 28 56 3 0 1 1 2
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 12 51 63 40
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 4 32 36 105
1988–89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 5 17 22 78 7 1 1 2 9
1989–90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 8 28 36 36
1990–91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 6 32 38 77 6 0 2 2 6
1991–92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 6 23 29 39 11 1 2 3 11
1992–93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 6 19 25 36 12 0 3 3 8
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 34 0 2 2 33 9 2 0 2 10
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 2 7 9 12 4 0 0 0 2
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 59 5 9 14 50 7 1 0 1 6
1996–97 New York Rangers NHL 48 3 4 7 24 15 1 5 6 8
1997–98 New York Rangers NHL 36 0 4 4 24
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 17 0 0 0 10 4 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Canadian National Team Intl 38 4 15 19 64
NHL totals 897 75 268 343 679 80 6 15 21 64

Career TransactionsEdit

  • June 25, 1993: Traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Rangers in exchange for John Vanbiesbrouck.
  • July 24, 1994: Traded by the New York Rangers, along with Esa Tikkanen to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Petr Nedved.
  • July 28, 1995: Traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jay Wells.
  • February 26, 1999: Signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars.

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • All-WCHA First Team (1981–82)
  • All-WCHA First Team (1982–83)

Coaching CareerEdit

In 2004-05, Doug served as the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit. He is currently the assistant coach for the Canadian Women's National Hockey team along with coaching youth hockey in Plymouth, Michigan.

As part of the IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program, he was a Hockey Canada coaching mentor that travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia to participate in the 2011 IIHF High Performance Women's Camp from July 4, 2011 to July 12, 2011.