Hockey Gods



Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on May 27th, 2022

John Reed Kilpatrick - Born June 15, 1889 in New York City, New York – Died May 7, 1960 in New York City, New York was an American athlete, soldier, sports businessperson and president of Madison Square Garden.

Kilpatrick earned his B.A. from Yale in 1911, and enlisted with the New York State Guard from 1912 to 1917. He was chief of the regulating office, AEF as colonel in World War I, then discharged in 1919.

Kilpatrick ran Madison Square Garden for more than twenty-five years, personally overseeing the operations of the New York Rangers from 1935 to 1960. The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1940 while he was in charge.

The National Hockey League elected Kilpatrick as a NHL Governor in 1936.

In June 1942, Kilpatrick was recalled to active military duty to serve in World War II (1942 to 1945) and was promoted to brigadier general. He was Released from Active Duty on October 1, 1945 and resumed his career at Madison Square Garden.

Kilpatrick continued to make contributions to the sport of ice Hockey, including establishing the National Hockey League Pension Society in 1947.

John Kilpatrick was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960.

John Kilpatrick was awarded the 1968 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to Hockey in the United States.


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