Jack McCartan

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Jack McCartan
Jack McCartan 1960.jpg
McCartan in 1960
Born (1935-08-05) August 5, 1935 (age 82)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.[1]
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (184 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Rangers
Minnesota Fighting Saints
National team  United States
Playing career 1959–1975

John William "Jack" McCartan (born August 5, 1935) is a retired goaltender for the gold-medal-winning 1960 United States ice hockey team. He is also a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 1983.

McCartan was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was a college standout at the University of Minnesota from 1955–1958. McCartan also played baseball at Minnesota.[2] McCartan was named First Team All-America after the 1957–1958 season. He played for the bronze medal winning US team in baseball at the 1959 Pan American Games.[1] After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army. While in the army, he joined the United States Olympic hockey team. His heroics helped the U.S. team defeat Canada, the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia and win the gold medal at Squaw Valley. For his efforts, he was named as the "All-World" goaltender of the Winter Games.

He could not duplicate his success in the National Hockey League. The New York Rangers gave him a four-game trial late in the 1959–60 season and he did quite well, the highlight being a save on Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Alf Pike decided to alternate Gump Worsley and McCartan in 1960–61, but when McCartan gave up 36 goals in 7½ games, Worsley became the full-time goaltender and McCartan was demoted to the minors. He played for several minor league teams over the next several years. He played in the Eastern Professional League, Western League, Central League, and World Hockey Association. In the early 1970s he resurfaced when the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association signed him, but he retired after two seasons.

He later scouted for the Vancouver Canucks.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-WIHL First Team 1956–57
AHCA First Team All-American 1956–57
All-WIHL First Team 1957–58
AHCA West All-American 1957–58
  • Named Best Goaltender at Olympic Games (1960)
  • WHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
  • WHL First All-Star Team (1970, 1971)


  1. ^ a b c Jack McCartan. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Jack McCartan Class of 1992 Hockey & Baseball 1956-58. M Club Hall of Fame at gophersports.com

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