August 29, 2015

Lloyd "Red" Doran

This is Lloyd "Red" Doran of South Porcupine, Ontario. He briefly played with the Detroit Red Wings after completing his military service in World War II in 1946.

The center was described as a solid playmaker, though in 24 NHL games in the 1946-47 season he had more goals (three) than assists (two). He seemed to mostly play on a line with Gerry Couture and Fern Gauthier. His minor league statistics confirm he was very much a playmaking center with the AHL's St. Louis Flyers.

Though on one occasion Doran found a use for his stick other than saucer flips and drop passes. With St. Louis he "broke his stick over the head of his opponent." The opponent was Chuck Scherza of Providence. In addition to the match penalty and game misconduct, Doran was fined $100.

After leaving the ice Doran moved to Belleville, Ontario and coach youth hockey and served as director of recreation for the city.

Lloyd would be diagnosed with leukemia in 1966, but survived until 1995 when he passed away at the age of 74.

This "Red" Doran should not be confused with John "Red" Doran who was born Belleville, Ontario, and played sporadically with the New York Americans in the 1930s. The two are not directly related.

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