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Jack Gordon was a mainstay in the American Hockey League as both a player and a coach, achieving his greatest success with the Cleveland Barons.

Gordon, a Winnipeg native, played 14 AHL seasons, breaking in with the New Haven Ramblers as a 19-year-old in 1947. He led the New Haven club in scoring with 83 points and finished second in the league with 60 assists in 1949-50, and after joining the Cincinnati Mohawks the following season he led that team in scoring for 1950-51.

Gordon was acquired by the Cleveland Barons in 1951 and spent the next 11 years there. In 1953-54 Gordon set career highs with 31 goals, 71 assists and 102 points to finish as the runner-up in the AHL scoring race, and he tied what was then the league record with 18 postseason points as Cleveland captured the Calder Cup championship.

Still producing at a point-per-game pace, Gordon transitioned into the role of player/coach in 1956, succeeding the legendary Bun Cook in running the Barons’ bench. In the first season under Gordon’s guidance, the Barons didn’t skip a beat, roaring to another Calder Cup title as the highly respected Gordon was named the league’s coach of the year.

Gordon played his final game in 1960-61 and continued as Cleveland’s head coach through 1962, qualifying for the playoffs in each of his six campaigns. He remained the Barons’ general manager – winning his fourth Calder Cup in the 1963-64 season – until accepting a position as assistant GM of the New York Rangers in 1965.

Gordon rejoined the Barons as head coach in November 1968 and spent two more seasons on the bench before returning to the NHL, where he would serve in coaching and management capacities for the Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks.

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.

Career AHL Statistics – Jack Gordon
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947-48 New Haven Ramblers 37 11 24 35 2 4 0 3 3 0
1948-49 New Haven Ramblers 36 10 28 38 14 -- -- -- -- --
1949-50 New Haven Ramblers 70 23 60 83 2 -- -- -- -- --
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks 59 23 42 65 10 -- -- -- -- --
1951-52 Cleveland Barons 20 7 20 27 0 2 0 2 2 0
1952-53 Cleveland Barons 64 20 58 78 6 11 4 7 11 0
1953-54 Cleveland Barons 70 31 71 102 20 9 5 13 18 4
1954-55 Cleveland Barons 57 17 50 67 22 4 1 3 4 0
1955-56 Cleveland Barons 54 26 43 69 33 6 5 4 9 2
1956-57 Cleveland Barons 33 4 14 18 0 12 2 2 4 2
1957-58 Cleveland Barons 51 6 18 24 10 6 1 2 3 2
1958-59 Cleveland Barons 38 3 5 8 0 -- -- -- -- --
1959-60 Cleveland Barons 8 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1960-61 Cleveland Barons 5 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
  Playing Totals 602 181 434 615 119 54 18 36 54 10

 

   
Regular Season
Playoffs
Season Team GP W L T Pts Pct Finish GP W L Pct Finish
1956-57 Cleveland Barons 64 35 26 3 73 .570 2nd 12 8 4 .667 Won Calder Cup
1957-58 Cleveland Barons 70 39 28 3 81 .579 2nd 7 3 4 .429 Lost semifinal
1958-59 Cleveland Barons 70 37 30 3 77 .550 2nd 7 3 4 .429 Lost semifinal
1959-60 Cleveland Barons 72 34 30 8 76 .528 4th 7 3 4 .429 Lost semifinal
1960-61 Cleveland Barons 72 36 35 1 73 .507 3rd 4 0 4 .000 Lost semifinal
1961-62 Cleveland Barons 70 39 28 3 81 .579 1st, Western 6 2 4 .333 Lost semifinal
1968-69 Cleveland Barons 59 24 24 11 59 .500 2nd, Western 5 2 3 .400 Lost quarterfinal
1969-70 Cleveland Barons 72 23 33 16 62 .431 4th, Western -- -- -- -- DNQ

Head Coaching Totals 549 267
234 48 582 .530   48 21 27 .438