Bunny Ahearne

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John Francis Ahearne
Born (1900-11-19)November 19, 1900
Wexford, Ireland
Died April 11, 1985(1985-04-11) (aged 84)
Toddington, Gloucestershire, England
Other names Bunny Ahearne
J. F. Ahearne
Known for

IIHF President (1957–60, 1963–66 and 1969–75)
IIHF Vice-President (1951–57, 1960–63 and 1966–69))

BIHA President (1971–82)
BIHA Secretary (1934–71)

John Francis "Bunny" Ahearne ((1900-11-19)November 19, 1900 – April 11, 1985(1985-04-11)) was a promoter for ice hockey.

Born in Wexford, Ireland, Bunny was instrumental in bringing the sport of ice hockey to Great Britain. He became the Manager of the Great Britain national ice hockey team in 1934 and helped manage the British to a gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics, then the European Ice Hockey Championship in 1937 and 1938.

He later became prominent in administering the sport at an international level, becoming the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1957. He held this post until 1960, then again from 1963–66 and 1969–75. From 1951 until 1969, he was Vice President whenever he did not hold the Presidency. He was also the Secretary of the British Ice Hockey Association from 1934 to 1971, then its President until 1982.

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Preceded by
Walter Brown
President of the IIHF
1957–60
Succeeded by
Robert Lebel
Preceded by
Robert Lebel
President of the IIHF
1963–66
Succeeded by
William Thayer Tutt
Preceded by
William Thayer Tutt
President of the IIHF
1969–75
Succeeded by
Dr Günther Sabetzki
Preceded by
Sir Victor Tait K.B.E.
President of the BIHA
1971–82
Succeeded by
Frederick Meredith