Jack Evans (ice hockey)

Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman (1928-1996)

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.

Jack Evans
Born (1928-04-21)April 21, 1928
Garnant, Wales
Died November 10, 1996(1996-11-10) (aged 68)
Manchester, CT, US
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1946–1972

Early life


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. [1]

Professional career


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.[2] Archived 2017-07-06 at the Wayback Machine 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.[3]

Coaching career


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).[4]

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.

Evans died of prostate cancer at his Manchester, Connecticut home in 1996 at the age of 68.[1]

NHL Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
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)
Total 614 237 303 74


  1. Press, The Associated (14 November 1996). "Jack Evans, Hockey Coach, 68". The New York Times.

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Preceded by
Bill McCreary, Sr.
Head coach of the California Golden Seals / Cleveland Barons
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
John Cunniff
Larry Pleau
Head coach of the Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Larry Pleau