Doug Gilmour

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Douglas Gilmour (born June 25, 1963) During his NHL career, Gilmour played for 7 NHL clubs: the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens, serving as Captain for Calgary, Toronto and Chicago. Gilmour won a Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989, and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward while with the Maple Leafs in 1993. Gilmour had 450 goals and 964 assists in 1474 games in his NHL career.

Gilmour began his junior hockey career in 1980-81 with the Cornwall Royals of the OHL in the 1980–81 season. He spent three seasons with the team, helping win consecutive Memorial Cup championships, but in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues drafted him in the 7th round. Gilmour did not make the Blues squad for the 1982–83 season, and was returned to Cornwall. Determined to prove naysayers wrong, Gilmour earned the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the OHL's leading scorer, totaling 70 goals and 107 assists for 177 total points. As a result of his scoring prowess, Gilmour was named the OHL's Most Valuable Player. During that memorable season, Gilmour set a (then) league record, scoring in 55 consecutive games.

During his first three seasons with the Blues, Gilmour was a consistent defensive presence, averaging a solid 50 points a season. During the 1986 playoffs, Gilmour broke out and scored 21 points in 19 games, as the Blues lost in the Campbell Conference finals. Gilmour's dynamic two-way play lead him to becoming one of the only players in history to lead in post-season scoring without making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Just prior to the 1988–89 season, Gilmour was traded to the Calgary Flames. With Calgary, Gilmour played a major role during the Flames march to the 1989 Stanley Cup championship. Before the decisive game six of the series, Gilmour kissed and shook hands with Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry for good luck. Gilmour scored two goals in Game 6 including the Stanley Cup winning goal seal Calgary's first (and only) Stanley Cup Championship.

The Leafs acquired Gilmour in a 10-player deal, the largest in NHL history, and statistically speaking, one of the most lopsided. Toronto fans did not need to wait long for the Gilmour acquisition to pay off. He scored a franchise-record 127 points during the 1992-93 regular season. Throughout his six years as a Leaf, Gilmour was one of the most popular players on the team and in the league. He was a fan and media darling, as the spokesman for the NHLPA in community and charity events, and he also appeared in a series of memorable "Got Milk?" TV commercials.

Gilmour finished the postseason with 35 points in 21 games, second behind only Wayne Gretzky. As a result of his spectacular season, Gilmour was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP and was awarded the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward, the first major NHL award that a Maple Leaf player had won since 1967.

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