Douglas Mitchell

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Doug Mitchell
Born: (1939-02-19) February 19, 1939 (age 79)
Calgary, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) Tackle
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College Colorado College
University of British Columbia
Career history
As administrator
19841988 CFL Commissioner
As player
1960 BC Lions

Douglas Harding Mitchell, OC QC (born February 19, 1939) is a former Canadian Football League player, executive, and commissioner.

A graduate of Colorado College and the University of British Columbia, Mitchell played 3 games for the BC Lions in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC in 1962.[1][2]

Mitchell later became the Commissioner of the CFL, serving from 1984 to 1988.

He has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, was named Sportsman of the Year in 2007 by the Calgary Booster Club and in 2010 was listed by the Globe and Mail as one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports. His professional and community-based achievements were recognized with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004 and in 2007 he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence.[3]

He works at the national law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais, and currently (as of 2011), and sits on the CFL Board of Governors. He is married to Lois Mitchell, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Doug Mitchell is also the father of Scott Mitchell, President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on the campus of UBC, a 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics venue and the home of the UBC Thunderbirds men's and women's ice hockey teams, is named in his honour.[4]


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  3. ^ "Douglas H. Mitchell CM, QC, LLD (Hon)". The Alberta Order of Excellence. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre". UBC Athletics. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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