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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on January 18th, 2016

Jack Gordon Bee Hive (Group 2) Photograph 1949.

The unconfirmed card was initially not even known to be part of the issue and is one of only five Gordon exemplars believed to exist in the hobby to date.

John "Jackie" Gordon - Born March 3, 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a former Canadian ice Hockey manager, coach and player.

Gordon played 36 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, between 1948 and 1950. He also got into nine Stanley Cup playoff games in 1950, helping the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup final only to lose to the Detroit Red Wings.

He was also head coach of the Minnesota North Stars from 1970 to 1972, general manager of the North Stars from 1974 to 1978 and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 1985 to 1987.

Despite seeing limited NHL action, Gordon was a consistent scoring threat over a long 14-year career in the American Hockey League. He made his first appearance as a 19-year-old in 1947 with the New Haven Ramblers. Two years later, he recorded 60 assists, good for second in the league, and 83 points. He was acquired by the Cincinnati Mohawks in 1951 and was the leading scorer in his one season with the club. Gordon then spent eight years as a major contributor with the Cleveland Barons. He scored 102 points in 1954, which was good for second in the AHL, as his team won the Calder Cup. In 1957, he also became coach of the Barons, and he led the squad to another Calder Cup in his first year. After the 1959 season, he retired as a player, but he served three more years as coach. He returned to coach the team during the 1969 and 1970 teams, after a three-year stint as assistant GM of the New York Rangers concluded.

In 602 games played in the AHL, Gordon totaled 181 goals and 434 assists for 615 points. His career coaching record stands at 267-234-48.

Jack Gordon was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2012

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