JG Sports Media’s latest audio interview guest is a six-time Stanley Cup champion and the NHL’s consecutive-games record holder…Doug Jarvis.
Jarvis played 13 full seasons before his iron man streak, at 964 regular season games, and NHL playing career came to an end early in the 1987-88 season. He made the transition to coaching and was an assistant coach in the NHL for 26 seasons with a two-year stint as head coach of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs as well.
Growing up in Brantford, he was coached by Walter Gretzky in junior B before moving on to play for the Roger Neilson-coached Peterborough Petes.
Jarvis was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1975, but was promptly traded to the Montreal Canadiens where he played for Scotty Bowman and won four-straight Stanley Cups to begin his NHL career.
He also played for the Washington Capitals and won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 1984 as the best defensive forward and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey in 1987 with the Hartford Whalers.
After playing his final NHL game, Jarvis went to the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers as a player-coach and eventually moved into the head coaching role to finish that season.
He joined the coaching staff of the Minnesota North Stars the following season with head coach Pierre Page and spent 13 seasons with that organization, which included a move to Dallas. He won his fifth Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999. His sixth Cup was with the Boston Bruins in 2011.
As an assistant coach, he’s worked alongside Page and Bob Gainey in Minnesota, Ken Hitchcock in Dallas, Claude Julien in Montreal and again in Boston, Guy Carbonneau in Montreal as well as Willie Desjardins and Travis Green in Vancouver.
Jarvis is currently still with the Vancouver Canucks organization in consultant role.
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NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one.
Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.