Marguerite Norris

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Marguerite Norris
Born 1927
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 12, 1994(1994-05-12)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Cause of death Heart failure
Occupation Sports team owner and executive
Board member of Detroit Red Wings
Parent(s) James E. Norris
Relatives James D. Norris (brother)
Bruce Norris (brother)

Marguerite Norris (1927 – May 12, 1994), also known as Marguerite Riker[1] and Marguerite Norris-Riker,[2] was an American ice hockey executive. She was the first female team executive in National Hockey League (NHL) history.[3]

Marguerite Norris became president of the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL after her father James E. Norris died in 1952.[4] She remained the team president of the Red Wings from 1952 - 1955. She was the first female chief executive in the history of the National Hockey League and was the first woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup, in both 1954 and 1955. The team finished first in all three seasons she was at the helm.

After the championship 1955 season, Marguerite Norris resigned as president of the Red Wings, and her brother Bruce Norris took over running the team.

She was the sister of Bruce and James D. Norris. Her father and two brothers are all members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Along with her husband John J. Riker she was an owner of The Westenhook Farm in Southbury, Connecticut.[5]

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  1. ^ James P. Quirk; Rodney D. Fort. Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports. Princeton University Press. p. 37. ISBN 0-691-04255-1. 
  2. ^ "Norris, Bruce -- Biography -- Honoured Builder -- Legends of Hockey". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Marguerite Norris, Hockey Team President, 67". New York Times. May 14, 1994. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Female Nhl Pioneer Norris Dies". Chicago Tribune. May 15, 1994. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Josh Barbanel (August 6, 2014). "Striking a Deal at Old Westenhook Farm". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 22, 2015.