Jack Kelley (ice hockey)

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John Henry "Jack" Kelley (born July 10, 1927 in Medford, Massachusetts) is a former American ice hockey coach. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Kelley was general manager and head coach of the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. During the 1972-73 season, he won Howard Baldwin Trophy as the coach of the year. He also led the Whalers to the Avco World Trophy that year. He previously served as head coach at Boston University, leading the Terriers to back-to-back NCAA hockey championships in 1971 and 1972. In his 10 year coaching career at Boston U (1962-71), he compiled a .720 winning percentage and won six Beanpot Tournaments.

Kelley also played his college hockey at Boston U, participating in the NCAA Hockey Tournament in 1951 and 1952. At the time of his graduation, he was the school's all time leading scorer among defensemen. He then took over as coach at Colby College in 1955. After leaving the Whalers, he later worked in the front offices of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. His son is writer and producer, David E. Kelley.


In 2010, he was elected as an inaugural inductee into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in the coaching category.[1]

WHA coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
New England Whalers 1972-73 78 46 10 2 94 1st in East Won Avco Cup
New England Whalers 1974-75 5 3 2 0 (91) 1st in East Lost in Quarterfinals
New England Whalers 1975-76 33 14 16 3 (73) 3rd in East (Resigned)
NHL Total 116 63 48 5


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Position created
Ron Ryan
General Manager of the New England/Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Ron Ryan
Larry Pleau
Preceded by
Position created
Ron Ryan
Head coach of the New England Whalers
Succeeded by
Ron Ryan
Don Blackburn
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Murray Armstrong
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Tony Frasca