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Hockey Athlete and Coach Doug Barkley Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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Doug Barkley was a fierce competitor and tenacious NHL defenseman who gave back to the sport for decades after an eye injury cut his professional career short.

Doug was born in Lethbridge. He was signed by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1957 after a productive stint in junior and in the old Western Hockey League for the Calgary Stampeders. In 1962, Doug was traded to the Detroit Red Wings where he enjoyed his first NHL success. In four seasons in Detroit, Doug scored 104 points while amassing 382 penalty minutes. He helped the Wings reach the Stanley Cup Finals twice, however, an eye injury in 1966 ended his playing career.

Over the next 35 years, Doug became a true builder of the game. He coached the Red Wings over 3 seasons, as well as for their minor league teams. He returned to Alberta in 1977 and was general manager for the Calgary Wranglers and a part owner and manager for the Calgary Canucks junior team. Doug ran numerous hockey schools in Calgary in the 1980s and was the colour commentator for Calgary Flames games for 21 years on radio station 66CFR. Doug was on the board of director of the Calgary Royals for 12 years.

Doug was an amazing, all-round athlete. He was named Calgary’s athlete of the year in 1962. In 1989 he was inducted into the Alberta Softball Hall of Fame, as well as the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame as a hockey athlete.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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