Born: October 2, 1946
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5'9" Weight: 175 lbs.
Seasons with Buffalo: 1970-71 and 1971-72
Uniform Number: 5
|Rough and tumble defenseman Doug Barrie made his professional debut with the Memphis Wings of the Central Professional Hockey league in the 1966-67 season. He split that season between the Wings and the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League.
During the early years of his career, Barrie would be much traveled. Between 1966 and 1970, Barrie would play for eight different teams in four different leagues, including an eight game stint with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1968-69 season.
In 1969 the Penguins assigned Barrie to their AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Clippers. He would spend the entire 1969-70 season there, the first time in his career he would spend an entire season with one team. That year, Barrie led the Clippers in penalty minutes with 169 in 70 games played.
In 1970, the NHL expanded again. Barrie was left unprotected by the Penguins in the
|Expansion Draft, and suddenly he was on the move again, this time to the Buffalo Sabres, who selected him with their 14th pick in that draft.|
|The Sabres inaugural roster was filled with marginal players. Aging veterans, making onle last crack at the big time, and perrenial minor-leaguers who couldn't break in to the lineup with more established teams. Barrie fit in the latter category. By going to a first year expansion team, Barrie finally found consistent playing time. In the 1970-71 season, Barrie played in 75 of the team's 78 games. He led the Sabres defense in goal scoring with 4, and finished second on the team to fellow defenseman Tracy Pratt with 169 penalty minutes. His 169 penalty minutes was good for 7th overall in the League that season. Barrie was one of the better players in a monumentally bad Sabres defensive corps that first season.
Barrie was back in the Sabres lineup at the start of the 1971-72 season. It was the first time in his professional career that he would return to a team for a second season. Barrie wouldn't finish the season with the Sabres however, as he was traded early in the season. On November 16, 1971, Buffalo GM Punch Imlach sent Barrie and defensive prospect Mike Keeler to the Los Angeles Kings for winger Mike Byers and veteran defenseman Larry Hillman.
Barrie finished the 1971-72 season with the Kings before defecting from the NHL in favor of the new World Hockey Association in the summer of 1972. He joined the WHA's Alberta Oilers for the 1972-73 season. Doug Barrie played 5 seasons with the Oilers, who were renamed the Edmonton Oilers following their inaugural season, before retiring from professional hockey in 1977.
|Barrie battles a St. Louis Blues player.|