Jack Riley (ice hockey, born 1919)

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For other hockey players known as Jack Riley, see John P. Riley, Jr. and Jack Riley (ice hockey b. 1910).
Jack Riley
Born (1919-06-15) June 15, 1919 (age 95)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Baltimore Orioles
Hershey Bears
Philadelphia Falcons
Baltimore Blades
Washington Lions
Tulsa Oilers
Playing career 1938–1950

John Thomas "Jack" Riley (born June 14, 1919) is a retired professional ice hockey player and executive. He was born in Toronto, Ontario.

Riley played nine seasons of professional hockey, primarily in the Eastern Hockey League for the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Falcons and Washington Lions. After retiring as a player in 1950 he became the Lions head coach.

In 1959 he became general manager of the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. He served in that capacity until 1964, and in 1966 left the Americans organization for the general manager's position with one of the National Hockey League's new teams: the Pittsburgh Penguins. He served as the Penguins' general manager from their founding to the spring of 1970, and then in a second term from January, 1972 to January, 1974.

In 1975 he became Commissioner of the Southern Hockey League, and from 1979 to 1983 was President of the International Hockey League.

As of 2010, Riley is an active member of the Penguins Alumni Association. He was in attendance as the "Honorary GM" throughout the 2011 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game at Heinz Field between the alumni of the Penguins and Washington Capitals.

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Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
196770
Succeeded by
Red Kelly
Preceded by
Red Kelly
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
197274
Succeeded by
Jack Button