Jack Evans (ice hockey)
April 21, 1928|
November 10, 1996 (aged 68)|
Manchester, CT, US
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Chicago Black Hawks
William John Trevor "Jack" Evans (April 21, 1928 – November 10, 1996) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and coach who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks.
Early life[change | change source]
Evans was born in Garnant, Wales, but emigrated with his parents to Drumheller, Alberta in his youth. He spoke no English until he entered school. Although he did not begin playing hockey until age 14, by age 20, a quick-learning Evans was a leading junior league defenceman and participated in the 1948 Memorial Cup. That same year, he signed a minor league contract with the Rangers. 
Professional career[change | change source]
Evans played five games over the next two seasons, while gaining experience in the American Hockey League. He would then spend the next four years as the Rangers' seventh defenceman, moving in and out of the lineup as needed and serving as a valuable defensive reserve. During the 1954–55 NHL season, Evans finally cracked the regular lineup and worked significant minutes for the next three years on the blue line. In 1958, he was claimed by Chicago, where he would play in a similar role for his final four seasons. He was a member of the 1961 Stanley Cup winning team. Jack Evans played in 1962 NHL All Star game in Toronto. In 1964, the Blackhawks released Evans, but the veteran continued to play in a variety of minor leagues until he finally retired in 1972 at the age of 44.
Coaching career[change | change source]
In 1974, Evans was hired to coach the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the WHL. After one season that included coach of the year honors, he was promoted to the parent club California Golden Seals. He coached the anemic franchise in its final year in the Bay Area and its two seasons as the Cleveland Barons before the financially troubled organization merged with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978 (only later to be reincarnated as the San Jose Sharks).
Evans returned to the ECHL bench before being hired by the Hartford Whalers in 1983. In his third season with the club, he earned a playoff berth, and in 1987, he led the club to a division title. A poor performance the following year resulted in Evans being fired midseason.
Death[change | change source]
NHL Coaching record[change | change source]
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|California Golden Seals||1975-76||80||27||42||11||65||4th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
|Cleveland Barons||1976-77||80||25||42||13||63||4th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
|Cleveland Barons||1977-78||80||22||45||13||57||4th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
|Hartford Whalers||1983-84||80||28||42||10||66||5th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
|Hartford Whalers||1984-85||80||30||41||9||69||4th in Adams||Missed Playoffs|
|Hartford Whalers||1985-86||80||40||36||4||84||4th in Adams||Lost in 2nd Round|
|Hartford Whalers||1986-87||80||43||30||7||93||1st in Adams||Lost in 1st Round|
|Hartford Whalers||1987-88||54||22||25||7||(77)||4th in Adams||(fired)|
References[change | change source]
- Press, The Associated (14 November 1996). "Jack Evans, Hockey Coach, 68" – via NYTimes.com.
Other websites[change | change source]
Bill McCreary, Sr.
| Head coach of the California Golden Seals / Cleveland Barons
| Head coach of the Hartford Whalers