In 1925, at the age of four, "Buzz", or Douglas to use his given name, moved to Vancouver from Regina. While at Vancouver's Lord Byng High School, he excelled at football, skiing, and rugby. He showed such promise in rugby, that at the age of 16, he joined the Meraloma Rugby Club and began playing for the senior side. This started a storied senior rugby career that would last twenty-eight years, a career only interrupted by Buzz's service with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
When Australia came on tour in 1948, Buzz captained both the BC and Canada sides against the Wallabies. From then until
1962, he would lead his province and his country against Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA, Japan and Fiji.
At the age of 42, he led Canada on a three-month long tour of Great Britain during which the famed Barbarian Club, as was the custom, asked him to play for them against his own side. Buzz declined, and led his Canadians to a 3-3 tie after which the Barbarians made him an "Honourary Barbarian" - one of rugby's highest honours.
He played in, and usually captained, every international match BC played from 1948 until 1964. At forty-five years of age, Buzz captained the BC side to win the 1965 Canadian Rugby Championships, retiring from play at the end of that season.
During his career, Buzz held numerous administrative positions including Coach and President of the Meraloma RFC, President of the BC Rugby Union, and President of the Vancouver Rugby Union (1954-1966). For his long serving involvement with the University of British Columbia Athletics Department, the university bestowed a Doctor of Laws Degree on him in 2002.
He also received the Howie McPhee Memorial trophy in 1948 as Vancouver's outstanding rugby player, the Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy in 1975 and was inducted as a builder into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1967.