Douglas won cups with Caps, Barons

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

Les Douglas was one of the AHL’s top players of his day, winning two scoring championships and two Calder Cups in his 10 seasons.

Douglas was one of the driving forces behind the Indianapolis Capitals’ Calder Cup championship run in 1941-42. That season, the 23-year-old sniper recorded 48 points in just 21 games in the regular season, then chipped in eight goals and nine assists in 10 playoff matches, including a four-point effort in the Cup-clinching win over Hershey.

Douglas, like many of his AHL colleagues, would eventually be called to military duty, and he missed two seasons while serving in World War II.

In 1945-46, Douglas returned to Indianapolis and led the entire AHL with 90 points. Four years later, with the Cleveland Barons, he was named the league’s most valuable player when he hit the 100-point plateau.

In 1950-51, his final full year in the AHL, Douglas averaged a point per game for the eighth straight season and helped the Barons to a Calder Cup.

Douglas, who passed away in 2002 after a battle with cancer, still sits in 33rd place on the AHL’s all-time scoring list with 621 points in 525 games played.

Career AHL Statistics – Les Douglas
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1939-40Indianapolis Capitals541519341050330
1940-41Indianapolis Capitals313584
1941-42Indianapolis Capitals2115334891089176
1942-43Indianapolis Capitals331326397
1945-46Indianapolis Capitals624446903551232
1946-47Indianapolis Capitals5126578326
1947-48Buffalo Bisons682750772382350
1948-49Buffalo Bisons6820527220
1949-50Cleveland Barons67326810027922411
1950-51Cleveland Barons7031397020113470
1951-52Buffalo Bisons10110
AHL Totals5252263956211814916244019