John McDonald (ice hockey)

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For the ice hockey player born in 1887, see Jack McDonald (ice hockey).

John Albert "Jack" McDonald (November 24, 1921 in Swan River, Manitoba – March 13, 1990) was a professional ice hockey player who played 43 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers. John McDonald was born November 24, 1921 in Swan River, Manitoba. Nicknamed Jack, a common practice of the era, McDonald was a big 6'1" 215 lbs, high-scoring left winger when he captained the Portage Terriers during the 1939-40 and 1941-42 season that won the Memorial Cup. The 1942-43 season was spent with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League. Jack McDonald was one of several wartime additions, joining New York Rangers for the 1943-44 season. Playing in 43 NHL games, McDonald scored a respectable 10 goals, adding 9 assists. Persuaded to play in the Western Hockey League by good friend Alex Shibicky, McDonald played up and down the west coast for the next 6 years. After his hockey career he worked for the Hudson Bay Company as a bush pilot in northern Manitoba and Ontario. A long time recreation professional Jack managed hockey rinks all over Canada. His last stop was at the Burnaby Winter Club where he and Shibicky reunited some 30 years later and coached many players that went on to NHL careers.

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