April 24, 2016

Doug Trapp

Hockey has always been a way of life in Doug Trapp's household.

Doug is the son of Barry Trapp, a former minor league veteran player and a junior coach who is now a top scout for the Canadian national junior team. Doug adopted his father's love for the game, and was able to accomplish what his father never could - to play in the National Hockey League.

Doug, born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan on November 28, 1965, played his junior hockey with the Regina Pats where, under his dad's coaching, he became a WHL all star. The buffalo Sabres were impressed enough with the speedy left winger's play that they used their 1984 second round pick, 39th overall, to select him.

After returning to junior for one final season, Doug turned professional in 1985-86. Doug stepped in and immediately contributed. In 75 games he scored a very respectable 21 goals and 63 points.

The 1986-87 season was a strong one for Doug. He continued his solid play with the Rochester Americans, a team which his father had once played for. In 68 games he scored 27 goals and 62 points. The Sabres rewarded Doug for his play by calling him up for a 2 game appearance in the National Hockey League. Wearing number 19, the only statistic Doug accumulated in his brief stop was an unsuccessful shot on goal. Doug ultimately returned to the minor leagues where he helped the Amerks capture the Calder Cup as the American Hockey League championship.

After making strong strides in 2 seasons in the Sabres organization, Doug simply packed his bags and went back home. Total Hockey tracks his statistics for the 1987-88 season, as he played in a Saskatchewan senior hockey league back in his home town of Balcarres. He continued to play hockey at such amateur levels, and later turned to coaching.

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