NOTTINGHAM — It didn’t take long for Guillaume Doucet to make a name for himself after joining the Nottingham Panthers of the British Elite Ice Hockey League last week.
A 5-foot-9, 174-pound forward who skated for the McGill Redmen from 2007 to 2011, Doucet needed just 13 minutes to score the opening marker in his first game with the Panthers, a 4-1 victory over the Sheffield Steelers on Jan. 10.
The next day, in a 4-3 overtime win over the Cardiff Devils, Doucet assisted on the winning goal by former McGill teammate Maxime Langelier-Parent, whose younger brother Guillaume currently skates for the Redmen.
Doucet tallied 50 goals in 59 games with the Hull Stingrays of the Elite League last season, after two seasons in France and a 25-game stint with Herlev in Denmark earlier this season. He graduated from McGill with a physical education degree after scoring 85 goals and 169 points in 181 career games with the Redmen.
Doucet is the eighth McGill graduate to play in the UK, the third to skate in Nottingham and currently one of 10 former Redmen currently playing pro hockey. That group includes Maxime Langelier-Parent (Nottingham, England), Ryan McKiernan (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Marc-Andre Dorion (EHC Linz, Austria), Francis Verreault-Paul (Ajoie, Switzerland), Evan Vossen (Indy, ECHL), Yan Turcotte (Hull, England), Hubert Genest (Nantes, France), Jean-Michel Daoust (Stavanger, Norway) and Nicolas Biniek (Lyon, France).
McGILL HOCKEY ALUMNI WHO PLAYED PRO IN ENGLAND
UK TEAM / PLAYER / McGILL DEGREE
Nottingham: David Ducharme (BA ’85)
Durham: Mark Reade (B.Com ’86)
Whitley Bay: Mike Babcock (B.Ed ’86)
Swindon: Bryan Larkin (B.Com ’91)
Swindon: Paul Grech (BA ’91)
Hull & Nottingham: Guillaume Doucet (B.Ed ’11)
Hull: Yan Turcotte (BA ’10)
Nottingham: Maxime Langelier-Parent (BA ’12)