Garry Young (ice hockey)

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Garry Young ( January 2, 1936 – September 13, 1994)[1] was a professional ice hockey coach and executive. He was head coach and general manager for the California Golden Seals and head coach for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League.

Hockey career[edit]

He began his career as a scout for the Boston Bruins,and was promoted to chief scout and director of player personnel. In 1971, Young was hired by Charlie Finley as the California Golden Seals' new General Manager, replacing interim Fred Glover. He named himself coach after he dismissed Vic Stasiuk in the 1972 off-season. He was fired 12 games into the 1972–73 NHL season in light of irregularities surrounding Dick Redmond's contract. He created several copies of the contract with different amounts of compensation for Redmond's services on each.[2] Finley rectified the situation by having Redmond traded to the Chicago Black Hawks and firing Young. Fred Glover was named Young's replacement.

Young was hired by the NHL brass as General Manager of the Golden Seals again in February 1974 after Glover resigned. Young's term was again short-lived: he resigned prior to the beginning of the following season. He joined the St. Louis Blues as their head coach later that year, lasting there for parts of two seasons.

He later coached the Peterborough Petes for a single season.

Personal information[edit]

Young had four children with his first wife Verna; Steven, Michael, Linda and Paul. And two children with his second wife Susan; Scott and Elaine. Young drowned in a boating accident in 1994. He is buried in Orono, Ontario.[3] Young's grandfather was Weldy Young, an early ice hockey player with the Ottawa Hockey Club in the 1890s.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
California Golden Seals 1972–73 12 2 7 3 (48) 8th in West (fired)
St. Louis Blues 1975–76 69 32 26 11 (84) 2nd in Smythe Lost in Preliminary Round
St. Louis Blues 1976–77 29 9 15 5 (72) 3rd in Smythe (fired)
Total 110 43 48 19


  1. ^ Diamond et al. 1998, p.1738
  2. ^ Kurtzberg 2006, p.131
  3. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Preceded by
Fred Glover
General Manager of the California Golden Seals
Succeeded by
Fred Glover
Preceded by
Vic Stasiuk
Head coach of the California Golden Seals
Succeeded by
Fred Glover
Preceded by
Lynn Patrick
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
Succeeded by
Lynn Patrick