Mitchell, Douglas, H - 1999

Mitchell, Douglas, H - 1999

Douglas H. Mitchell

Multisport Builder, Calgary

Inducted in 1999


Douglas Mitchell has been a sports icon in Calgary for many years. Doug’s involvement in sports began as an athlete while attending and playing for Colorado College on a hockey scholarship and then playing football for the University of British Columbia while completing his law degree. Doug then went on to play professional football for the B.C. Lions and the Hamilton Tigercats.


After Doug’s playing career he moved on to his legal profession and began to involve himself as a builder of sport in Calgary. Some of his involvements include: Commissioner of the Canadian Football League from 1984-89, at which time he introduced the salary cap which has been said to have saved the C.F.L. from folding; he is currently a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee; a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors (Alternate Governor), 1980-84 as a member of the Calgary Flames; the Chairman and Founder of Canadian Athletic Foundation which honours the top Canadian Inter-University Athletic Union Athletes of the Year, the Howard Mackie Awards; the Chairman of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team Advisory Board which was responsible for bringing Canadian hockey back to the 1980 Olympics after a 10 year absence; Doug was Director of Calgary Olympic Development Association; the Chairman of the Alberta Racing Commission, and a past President and one of the founders of the Calgary Booster Club. He was appointed by the Premier's Office in 1994 to undertake a review of Government in Professional Sport.


Douglas Mitchell sponsored NBA exhibition basketball games in Calgary and Edmonton with proceeds going towards basketball scholarships. In 1996, Douglas Mitchell became only the second Albertan to win the Lester B. Pearson Award, in recognition of exemplifying the ideals and purposes of inter-university athletics and amateur sports through his own personal accomplishments.