Doug Harding Mitchell

Doug Mitchell was born in Calgary, Alberta and played football at Colorado before attending UBC where he obtained his law degree.  Both the Stampeders and the Lions claimed the tackle, and CFL commissioner Sydney Halter awarded Mitchell to the Lions.  Calgary and the Lions then worked out a trade, sending Chuck Quilter to Calgary in exchange for the rights to Mitchell.  Mitchell played one season with the BC Lions in 1960.  Mitchell attended camp with the Lions in 1961 before being released and then picked up by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Mitchell apparently decided that his future looked better with a law degree in it and stayed at UBC. That decision, however, didn't end Mitchell's involvement in the CFL forever.  In 1984, Mitchell succeaded long-time commisioner Jake Gaudaur, and served in the position for five years until 1988.  Mitchell is not retired, but works at the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais, and currently (as of 2011), and sits on the CFL Board of Governors. Doug Mitchell is also the father of Scott Mitchell, current President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Stampeders and Lions Fight Over Mitchell - January 27, 1960

Mitchell Traded to BC - March 2, 1960

Mitchell in Camp With Lions - July 11, 1961

Mitchell Picked Up By Hamilton - August 11, 1961

New CFL Boss Plans to Lead not to Mediate - March 9, 1984

Doug Mitchell at Borden Ladner Gervais

Year Team GP
1960 BC 3

Official games played stats were not kept in the West until 1964.


Doug Mitchell