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33 Doug Favell
Doug Favell

Born : St.Catharines, Ontario, April 5, 1945
Catches : Left
Weight : 172 lbs.
Height : 5' 10"
Last Amateur club : Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)


Acquired from the Toronto Maple leafs for cash

13-Jun-79 Claimed by the Edmonton Oilers in Expansion draft

Holds Rockies goaltending record for career playoffsand season playoffs most games played, minutes played, losses, most goals allowed and lowest GAA.  Shares with Bill Oleschuk and Bill McKenzie Rockies record for career most shutouts.  Shares with Glenn Resh Rockies record for season most ties.  Shares with Bill Oleschuk and Bill McKenzie Rockies record for season most shutouts.  Shares with Michel Plasse Rockies record for career most points.  Sahres with Michel Plasse, Phil Myre, Glenn Resach and Al Smith Rockies record for season most points.
From the 1976 Rockies media guides

Goalie Doug Favell, a 31-year-old veteran of nine season in the National Hockey League, was purchased from the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Colorado Rockies in September, 1976

Born in St.Catharines, Ontario, where his father, Doug Sr. was one of Canada's finest lacrosse players. Doug Jr, also took a whirl at professional lacrosse in 1968. Doug and his wife Carolyn have two children, daughter Rhegan and son Corey. His hobbies include golf, racquetball, tennis. Nickname: Fav

Favell gained his early experience playing for the Boston Bruins organization while an amateur and also a pro in the minors.

He played junior hockey with the Niagara Falls (Ontario) Flyers in the Ontario Hockey Association for two seasons, including the 1965 Memorial Cup championship team, before joining the pros in the fall of 1965.

Both Favell and Bernie Parent were selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first NHL Expantion Draft wich took place in June, 1967. Doug spent 6 years with Philadelphia and played a major role in the Flyers climb to prominence in the National Hockey League before being traded to Toronto in 1973.

After two years that were marred by injuries and in-and-out performance, it appears that Doug Favell is on his way back. In the Colorado Rockies season opener, October 5, he turned back 39 Maple leafs shots in a brilliant display of goaltending as he led the Rockies to a 4-2 win. It was Colorado's first NHL game ever.

Irronically, the Maple leafs were Favell's mose recent employers before he was obtain by the Rockies. Torn cartilage in his right knee suffered when he attempted a split save against Chicago on Oct 15 kept Doug out for 26 games, but it originaly was feared that he would require surgery and be out for the year. Instead, a therapy and conditioning program to build up the knee had the 10-year National Hockey League goaltending veteran back in action by December 19. Originaly a product of the Boston Bruins' system, Favell had a powerful upper bidy, but unuually thin legs, giving him the same kind of physique for wich Babe Ruth was famous.

Doug posted an 8-15-3 won-lost-tied mark in 1976-77, during wich he faced an average of 36.02 shots in 30 outings. Three of his victories came against Detroit, including a 3-1 defeat of the Red wings at Detroit on January 20. Favell had a victory and a tie each against both Vancouver and Toronto, plus wins over Chicago, Minnesota and Boston and a tie against Buffalo.

Lack of support by the Rockies hurt Favell's record. In his 15 defeats, Colorado scored but 32 goals behind Doug. In the 8 games he won, the Rockies scored 42 goals while Favell allowed but 24. Doug has a career goals-against average of 3,05 and 17 career shutouts, including a high of five with the 1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers.

In ten games in that season Doug was called on to field 40 or more shots. Two of his finest showings of the year were agains Philadelphia, December 19, 1976, when he made 51 saves in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Flyers; and against Buffalo, March 25, 1977, when he kicked out 50 of 52 shots en route to a 2-2 tie.

Missed 9 games during the 1977-78 season with a broken finger on catching hand. During that season, he posted one shutout for the Rockies in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Black hawks, October 22, 1977. It was the first shutout in history of franchise and his first since 1974-75 season when playing for Toronto.

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Regular season
 SEASON   GP   MIN   W   L   T   GA  SO   GAA    SA   Sv%   G   A PIM
1978-79    7   380   0   5   2   34   0  5,37               0   1  17
1977-78   47  2663  13  20  11  159   1  3,58               0   2   2
1976-77   30  1614   8  15   3  105   0  3,90               0   0  15
  TOTAL   84  4657  21  40  16  298   1  3,84               0   3  34
 SEASON   GP   MIN   W   L   GA  SO   GAA    SA   Sv%   G   A PIM
1977-78    2   120   0   2    6   0  3,00               0   0   0
  TOTAL    2   120   0   2    6   0  3,00               0   0   0