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Personal Info About Thug

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Born (1964-12-27) December 27, 1964 (age 48)

Hanover, MA, USA

Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Carolina Thunderbirds

Johnstown Chiefs

Miramichi Gagnon Packers

Moncton Hawks

Phoenix Roadrunners

Springfield Falcons

Louisiana IceGators

Playing career 1988–1998

Awards and accomplishments

Career statistics

Regular season
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1988-89 Carolina Thunderbirds ECHL 28 0 1 1 10 179
1989-90 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 3 0 0 0 1 29
1990-91 Mirimishi Gagon Packers NSHL 23 0 3 3 0 170
1993-94 Moncton Hawks AHL 1 0 0 0 0 5
1994-95 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 0 0 1 14
1997-98 Springfield Falcons AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 2 0 0 0 0 7

Doug loved to throw his fists on the street and in the boxing ring, but at the age of 19 he decided to try fighting on skates. After practicing skating every weekday morning at a local rink, he joined a Boston adult amateur league – Beer League Hockey – but “Nobody there was prepared to deal with a 6-foot-1, 250-pound goofball like me, who was just looking for an opportunity to fight…I was asked not to return.” A friend got him into the Pro-Am Summer League, where “I quickly became the scourge of the league with my physical style of play, and it didn’t take long before everyone figured out that my singular purpose for being there was to fight. This concept didn’t sit well with most of the other guys in the league, who played simply to stay in shape for their upcoming college season or pro training camp.” After antagonizing all the players for weeks, one minor-leaguer, Bill Whitfield, finally stood up to Doug. It wasn’t a bad first fight against a bona fide pro, and while Doug wasn’t impressed with his performance, a scout in attendance was, and he offered to arrange for Doug a tryout with the Carolina Thunderbirds of the first-year East Coast Hockey League.