While Duguay never won the famed Stanley Cup, which places people in a different category—even separate from Hall of Famers—he did have a 40-goal season with the New York Rangers. Just before that season, he represented Canada in the Canada Cup in 1980.
“It’s who you are as a team,” he explains. “I think team records override the personal records with the Stanley Cup.”
Though Duguay says not winning the Stanley Cup brings up the question, if someone is such a good player, why didn’t your team win the cup? He says winning the Stanley Cup truly goes to the character of the player, leadership quality and “pulling guys with you.”
However, he says, “I experienced quite a bit other than the Stanley Cup.”
Over the span of Duguay’s career, he had the opportunity to play with and against a number of Hall of Fame and Stanley Cup winners, including Wayne Gretzky and previously mentioned Phil Esposito.
Duguay was also coached by Herb Brooks for two years; he was the head coach to the US Olympic hockey team that won gold in the 1980 game against the Soviet Union—a match which would come to be known as the Miracle on Ice.
Despite not winning a Stanley Cup in his career, one of his personal highlights is playing against the Montreal Canadiens at the playoffs with the New York Rangers in 1979 (when he was only 22 years old). The Rangers came very close to winning that season, but the Canadiens kept their Stanley Cup streak, beating the Rangers 4-1.
Duguay went to the playoffs seven times with the Rangers and 11 overall.