Ronald "Ron" Duguay (born July 6, 1957) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1977 through 1989, and served four seasons as a minor league coach. He appeared as an in-studio analyst during MSG Network's coverage of the New York Rangers from 2007 to 2018. He was born in the Sudbury region of northern Ontario, and as a child resided in Val Caron, Ontario. Duguay played junior hockey for the hometown Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
July 6, 1957|
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 02 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
13th overall, 1977|
New York Rangers
3rd overall, 1976|
- 1 NHL career
- 2 Minor league career as player and coach
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Post-hockey career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
New York RangersEdit
After being drafted in 1977, Duguay made the jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL, with 20 goals in his rookie year. Duguay played his first six seasons in New York, where he was known as much for his long hair and flashy behaviour as he was for his play on the ice.
With the Rangers, Duguay set a team record, for the fastest goal at the start of a game, at 9 seconds, on April 6, 1980 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Suffering injuries, his production did not progress as hoped, but after playing for Team Canada in the 1981 Canada Cup, his play improved, and in 1981–82 led the Rangers in scoring with 40 goals. That same season, he played in the NHL All-Star Game, representing the Rangers on the Wales Conference squad. In 1982–83 Duguay's numbers dipped, and he only scored 19 goals. Rangers coach Herb Brooks clashed with Duguay over his play and popularity in New York's night life, and on June 13, 1983 Duguay, Eddie Mio and Eddie Johnstone were traded to the Detroit Red Wings, for Willie Huber, Mark Osborne and Mike Blaisdell.
During Duguay's time with the Rangers, he took part in some of team president Sonny Werblin's schemes to make the Rangers more hip and visible in disco-era New York City. This includes singing on "Hockey Sock Rock", written by Alan Thicke. The song featured vocals by Duguay, Phil Esposito, Pat Hickey, Dave Maloney and John Davidson. It was released as a 45, as Platinum Records 1217–75 in 1979.
Detroit Red WingsEdit
Playing in Detroit, Duguay's career was revitalized, and in 1983–84 he was third on the Red Wings with 33 goals, and second on the team with 47 assists, which placed him third overall on the team for points, with 80. In 1984–85 he was second on the Red Wings in all three categories, with 38 goals, 51 assists and 89 total points, the best offensive season of his career. At the trade deadline in 1985–86 Duguay was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Doug Shedden.
Duguay played parts of only two seasons in Pittsburgh, and his production was never as good again as it had been in New York or Detroit. On January 21, 1987, Pittsburgh traded Duguay to his original team, the Rangers, in exchange for Chris Kontos, reuniting Duguay with former teammate, and then-Rangers general manager, Phil Esposito.
Return to the RangersEdit
Duguay re-signed with the Rangers in the summer of 1987. It was towards the end of his second stint with the Rangers that Duguay was sent to the minors for the first time, playing two games with the Colorado Rangers of the IHL.
Los Angeles KingsEdit
After briefly returning to the Rangers, Duguay finished his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988–89. An attempted comeback with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1990, as well as one with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where Phil Esposito was the general manager in 1992 was not successful.
Minor league career as player and coachEdit
San Diego GullsEdit
Duguay's career continued in the minor leagues for a few years after his final NHL season. He played 22 games in Europe with Mannheim ERC (German Bundesliga) during the 1989–90 season, then returned to the United States where he played two seasons in the IHL with the San Diego Gulls. Following the 1991–92 season he retired, but three years later resumed playing, again, for the San Diego Gulls, who were now members of the WCHL. Duguay explained that he was inspired to return to hockey to help the then injury-riddled team; he also said that he wanted his children, who had been too young to see him play in the NHL, to see him in action.
Duguay finished the 1995–96 season with the Gulls, scoring eight goals and nine assists in only 12 games. Over the next two seasons, Duguay played in just five games for the Gulls. In 1998–99 he jumped to the Jacksonville Lizard Kings of the (ECHL), but skated in just one game before commencing his second retirement.
In 2003, he joined the Jacksonville Barracudas, then playing in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. Duguay played six games as a Barracudas forward, then took over as the team's head coach. In the 2003–2004 season Duguay led the Barracudas, now playing in the World Hockey Association 2, to the league's best record and playoff championship. In 2004 the Barracudas joined the newly formed Southern Professional Hockey League. With Duguay as coach, the Barracudas' overall record over 31⁄4 seasons was 92–92–0–3 with a 6–3 playoff record.
Duguay resigned as coach after an unsuccessful 2005–06 season, in which more than 50 different players left the team as it finished with a 15–39–0–2 record. On his resignation, he told the Florida Times-Union that he was "tired."
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1977–78||New York Rangers||NHL||71||20||20||40||43||3||1||1||2||2|
|1978–79||New York Rangers||NHL||79||27||36||63||35||18||5||4||9||11|
|1979–80||New York Rangers||NHL||73||28||22||50||37||9||5||2||7||11|
|1980–81||New York Rangers||NHL||50||17||21||38||83||14||8||9||17||16|
|1981–82||New York Rangers||NHL||72||40||36||76||82||10||5||1||6||31|
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||72||19||25||44||58||9||2||2||4||28|
|1983–84||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||33||47||80||34||4||2||3||5||2|
|1984–85||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||80||38||51||89||51||3||1||0||1||7|
|1985–86||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||67||19||29||48||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||New York Rangers||NHL||34||9||12||21||9||6||2||0||2||4|
|1987–88||New York Rangers||NHL||44||4||4||8||23||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||15||2||6||8||17||2||0||0||0||0|
|1988–89||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||70||7||17||24||48||11||0||0||0||6|
|1990–91||San Diego Gulls||IHL||51||15||24||39||87||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||San Diego Gulls||IHL||60||18||18||36||32||4||0||1||1||0|
|1995–96||San Diego Gulls||WCHL||12||8||9||17||10||7||0||2||2||2|
|1996–97||San Diego Gulls||WCHL||2||1||1||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||San Diego Gulls||WCHL||3||0||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Jacksonville Lizard Kings||ECHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
From 2007 to 2018, Duguay was an analyst for MSG Network's television coverage of Rangers games, also appearing regularly on MSG's weekly Hockey Night Live! program. Duguay's contract with MSG expired in 2018 and was not renewed.
On March 21 and 22, 2009, nearly six years after playing his final professional game, Duguay played two games in the EPHL, one game each with the Brooklyn Aces and the Jersey Rockhoppers, to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization associated with Madison Square Garden. Duguay signed a waiver and played his game with the Brooklyn Aces without a helmet, which allowed his hair to flow free as it did when he played in the NHL. With 37 seconds left in regulation, he assisted on the game-tying goal, but the Aces would lose 4–3 in overtime.
In 2009, Duguay competed in the first season of the Battle of the Blades skating competition on CBC Television, partnered with Barbara Underhill. The charity he skated for was World Vision Canada.
The Sudbury Wolves have retired his jersey. In 2009, Duguay was ranked No. 49 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons). On New Year's Eve 2011, Duguay participated in the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni game pitting legends of the Rangers against the legends of the Philadelphia Flyers. Less than two minutes into the game, Duguay went in on a breakaway on Flyer's great Bernie Parent in goal and, in an act of class, gently shot the puck into the 65-year-old goaltender's pads.
In the NHL, Duguay was noted for his long curly hair which would blow behind him as he skated without a helmet. He and teammates Phil Esposito, Dave Maloney and Anders Hedberg appeared in a TV commercial for Sasson designer jeans.
On December 1, 1983, Duguay married California model Robin Bobo; the couple had two daughters before the marriage ended in divorce. In the 1990s, he married former fashion model Kim Alexis. After marrying Alexis, Duguay moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The couple divorced in 2016.
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- Alfano, Peter (April 19, 1983). "Frustrating Times For Duguay". New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "Arbour Adds All-Stars". New York Times. February 4, 1982. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- Falla, Jack (October 10, 1983). "The Drive For Five". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "Sports". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "1983–84 Detroit Red Wings Roster and Statistics". Hockey Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "1984–85 Detroit Red Wings Roster and Statistics". Hockey Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "Ron Duguay". Redwings All Time Roster. redwings.nhl.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- Wolff, Craig (January 22, 1987). "Rangers Acquire Duguay Again". New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "Rangers Sign Duguay". New York Times. July 30, 1987. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "Duguay Goes To Minors". New York Times. January 27, 1988. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- Lapointe, Joe (3 September 1990). "HOCKEY; A Chapter Is Closing as N.H.L. Teams' Training Camps Open". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
- Esknazi, Gerald (August 31, 1992). "Ex-Ranger Heads For Lightning". New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. 155. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.
- Schneider, Jason (April 9, 2006). "Cudas coach steps aside". The Florida Times-Union.
- "Ron Duguay profile". MSG.com. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
- "Ron Duguay Rangers TV Analyst and Hockey Night Live Analyst". MSG.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- Terranova, Justin (16 October 2018). "Ron Duguay: Getting dumped by MSG has been 'difficult'". New York Post. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Klein, Jeff Z (March 22, 2009). "Locks Still Flowing 20 Years Later, Duguay Returns". The New York Times.
- Jelen, Jenny (December 9, 2010). "Ron Duguay's 'World Vision' a reality through Battle of the Blades". Northern Life.ca. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- McBride, James (April 2, 1984). "Hockey Heartbreaker Ron Duguay Has Settled Down Since Model Robin Bobo Put Him on Ice". People. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- Kappes, Serena (February 26, 2003). "Kim Alexis, staying active". CNN. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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