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NHLer Doug Mohns dead at 80

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Doug Mohns, Capreol legendary NHLer


Doug Mohns was born in Capreol in 1933. He played defence and left wing in the NHL from 1953 to 1975: 11 seasons for the Boston Bruins; seven with the Chicago Blackhawks, before finishing his career with expansion teams the Minnesota North Stars, the Atlanta Flames and the Washington Capitals.

Nicknamed Diesel, he scored 248 regular-season goals, had 462 assists in 1,390 games and remains in the top 40 all-time for games played. He also recorded 1,250 minutes in penalties.

Mohns’s father worked for CN. He was the youngest of Ella and Fred Mohns’ six children. He was a gifted skater from an early age and, according to his website, he was offered a contract with the Ice Capades when he was 7.

Mohns took up hockey and by 14, was recognized as the Sudbury area’s best hockey player in his age group. He played for Max Silverman’s junior team in Sudbury. He was scouted by the Boston Bruins, then left to play for the Barrie Flyers at 16. He won a Memorial Cup with Flyers in the 1952-53 season. He then joined the Boston Bruins in 1953 when he was 19.He died Feb. 7, 2014 at the age of 80 in Reading, Mass. Newspapers reported the cause of death was myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disorder.

Nohns worked for several summers for the CN in Capreol in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

A park in Capreo was dedicated to Doug Mohns in 1967. It is situated on Coulson St.

Doug Mohns was inducted into the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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