Joseph McCormick (ice hockey)

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Joe McCormick
Joseph McCormick, 1920 Olympics.jpg
Born (1894-08-12)August 12, 1894
Buckingham, QC, CAN
Died June 14, 1958(1958-06-14) (aged 63)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg; 10 st 8 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Portland Rosebuds (WHL)
Edmonton Eskimos (WHL)
St. Paul Athletic Club (USAHA)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (USAHA)
National team  United States
Playing career 1915
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 1920 Antwerp Team Competition

Joseph Wallace "Joe" McCormick (August 12, 1894 – June 14, 1958)[1] was a Canadian-born ice hockey player, from Buckingham, Quebec. He began his career playing for the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets, shortly before World War I broke out. In 1918, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army. His younger brother, Lawrence, followed his lead shortly afterwards. Joe served in the Army in France during the war. Because the brothers held an honorable discharge from the Army, they were entitled to automatic US citizenship and on March 17, 1920, just five weeks before playing in the 1920 Summer Olympics, they both became naturalized Americans.[2]

He was the captain[3] and a forward on the 1920 American ice hockey team, which eventually won the silver medal.[2] He returned to Pittsburgh and played for the Yellow Jackets until March 30, 1922. He was one of the leading scorers in the amateur ranks throughout his career. The January 23, 1922 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described McCormick as "one of the cleanest and fairest players to ever don a uniform". The Post-Gazette also stated that he had one of the most powerful shots in hockey, "shooting past goaltenders from 50 feet away". He later ended his career with the Portland Rosebuds in 1925.[4] On October 7, 1925, McCormick was traded to Portland along with Bobby Trapp in exchange for Eddie Shore and Art Gagne.[5]


  1. ^ "Joseph McCormick Dies in Sudbury". Ottawa Journal. 1958-06-18. p. 26. 
  2. ^ a b Godin, Roger A. "First U.S. Olympic hockey team was formed in Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yank hockeyists loud in praise of Canadian Team". Vancouver Sun. May 13, 1920. 
  4. ^ "1925-26 Portland Rosebuds vs Saskatoon Shieks Game Program". Portland Bucakaroos. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Art Gagne". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 

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