Tommy Ivan

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Tommy Ivan
Born Thomas Nanthaniel Ivan
(1911-01-31)January 31, 1911
Toronto, ON, CAN
Died June 25, 1999(1999-06-25) (aged 88)
Chicago, IL, USA
Occupation Ice hockey coach and GM

Thomas Nathaniel Ivan (January 31, 1911 – June 25, 1999) was a Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager. He served as a National Hockey League (NHL) head coach for the Detroit Red Wings from 1947 to 1954 where he won three Stanley Cups, and was the general manager for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1954 to 1977, winning a Stanley Cup in 1961. He produced an overall record of 288–174–111.

Ivan was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Macedonian immigrant parents.[1] He never played professional hockey, as an severe facial injury shortened his career while playing in the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.[2] His junior hockey days in Ontario, on up to his first pro coaching job with the Omaha Knights in the Central Hockey League, were merely the first steps in a distinguished Hall of Fame Career. Ivan was a keen judge of talent that helped discover young prospects like Gordie Howe and several other National Hockey League players that would go on to Hall of Fame careers.[3]

Ivan won three Stanley Cup while coaching Detroit 1950, 1952, 1954. He took the reins of Chicago Black Hawks coach/general manager in 1954, after winning six straight Regular season championships with Detroit. At the time the Hawks were a franchise in trouble. Ivan would lead a tremendous rebuilding effort, adding farm teams and stocking the Hawk farm system with good prospects. He also made key trades that would help fortify the Hawks into a contending team for the next several seasons. Rudy Pilous was hired to coach the Hawks by Tommy Ivan and he would eventually guide the team to the 1961 Stanley Cup. The 1961 Hawks team finally produced the results that Ivan's rebuilding process began back in 1954. The Chicago Black Hawks would also reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1962, 1965, 1971, and 1973. Ivan served 25 years as Black Hawks GM. He then served as Chicago Black Hawks Vice President and Alternate Governor (NHL Board of Governors) in the years following his GM tenure.

He died of complications of a kidney ailment in 1999.[4]

Honours[edit]

  • Ivan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974.
  • Starting with the 1974–75 season, the Tommy Ivan Trophy was awarded annually by the Central Hockey League to its Most Valuable Player.
  • Ivan received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1975 for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
  • Ivan also served as Chairman of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and on the selection committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Ivan played a key role as Chairman of the organizing committee for the 1979–80 Olympic Hockey Festival, helping bring more than 90 players together for Coach Herb Brooks and his staff to pick from. Eventually that team became the 1980 U.S. Men's Ice Hockey team ("Miracle on Ice") that went on to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
  • Ivan is listed in Stan Fischler's book, "Hockey's 100" as one of the ten best coaches and ten best general managers in the history of the NHL.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
DET 1947–48 60 30 18 12 72 2nd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
DET 1948–49 60 34 19 7 75 1st in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
DET 1949–50 70 37 19 14 88 1st in NHL Won Stanley Cup
DET 1950–51 70 44 13 13 101 1st in NHL Lost in first round
DET 1951–52 70 44 14 12 100 1st in NHL Won Stanley Cup
DET 1952–53 70 36 16 18 90 1st in NHL Lost in first round
DET 1953–54 70 37 19 14 88 1st in NHL Won Stanley Cup
CHI 1956–57 70 16 39 15 47 6th in NHL DNQ
CHI 1957–58 33 10 17 6 26 5th in NHL Resigned
Total 573 288 174 111 687

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JockBio". JockBio. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fischler, Stan (2003). Who's Who in Hockey. Andrews McMeel. p. 197. ISBN 0740719041. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ivan, Tommy - Biography - Honoured Builder". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/27/sports/tommy-ivan-88-executive-for-two-hockey-champions.html

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Preceded by
Jack Adams
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
1947–54
Succeeded by
Jimmy Skinner
Preceded by
Bill Tobin
General Manager of the Chicago Black Hawks
1954-77
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford
Preceded by
Dick Irvin
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
1956-57
Succeeded by
Rudy Pilous