Jack Gordon (ice hockey)

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Jack Gordon
Born (1928-03-03) March 3, 1928 (age 86)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Playing career 1946–1961

John "Jackie" Gordon (born March 3, 1928) is a former Canadian ice hockey manager, coach and player. Gordon played 36 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers. He was also head coach of the Minnesota North Stars from 1970 to 1972, general manager of the North Stars from 1974 to 1978 and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 1985 to 1987.

AHL career[edit]

Despite seeing limited NHL action, Gordon was a consistent scoring threat over a long 14-year career in the American Hockey League. He made his first appearance as a 19 year old in 1947 with the New Haven Ramblers. Two years later, he recorded 60 assists, good for second in the league, and 83 points. He was acquired by the Cincinnati Mohawks in 1951 and was the leading scorer in his one season with the club. Gordon then spent eight years as a major contributor with the Cleveland Barons. He scored 102 points in 1954, which was good for second in the AHL, as his team won the Calder Cup. In 1957, he also became coach of the Barons, and he led the squad to another Calder Cup in his first year. After the 1959 season, he retired as a player, but he served three more years as coach. He returned to coach the team during the 1969 and 1970 teams, after a three year stint as assistant GM of the New York Rangers concluded. [1]

NHL Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Minnesota North Stars 1970-71 78 28 34 16 72 4th in West Lost in Semi-Finals
Minnesota North Stars 1971-72 78 37 29 12 86 2nd in West Lost in Quarter-Finals
Minnesota North Stars 1972-73 78 37 30 11 85 3rd in West Lost in Quarter-Finals
Minnesota North Stars 1973-74 17 3 8 6 (63) 7th in West (moved to GM role)
Minnesota North Stars 1974-75 38 11 22 5 (53) 4th in Smyth (returned to GM role)
Total 289 116 123 50

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Preceded by
Charlie Burns
Parker MacDonald
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
1970-73
1974-75
Succeeded by
Parker MacDonald
Charlie Burns
Preceded by
Wren Blair
General Manager of the Minnesota North Stars
1974-78
Succeeded by
Lou Nanne
Preceded by
Harry Neale
General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
1985-87
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn