Jake Milford

John Calverley "Jake" Milford (July 29, 1914 – December 24, 1984) was a general manager in the National Hockey League.

Jake Milford
Born(1914-07-29)July 29, 1914
DiedDecember 24, 1984(1984-12-24) (aged 70)
OccupationFormer general manager of the Los Angeles Kings (1973–77) and the Vancouver Canucks (1977–84)

In the early sixties, Milford built the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League into a powerhouse winning three titles in a row, and four in five years.

Milford was the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings from 1973 to 1977, where he led the Kings to a franchise record 105 points in a season. After 1977, he went to manage the Vancouver Canucks, leading them to a Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1982. He was then promoted to Senior Vice-President of the club, a position which he held until his sudden death on Christmas Eve 1984, just a month after his Hall of Fame induction. For the remainder of the 1984–85 season, the Vancouver Canucks wore a "JCM" patch on their sweaters.

The coach of the year trophy in the Central Hockey League is named after Milford.

Milford died in 1984 of pancreatic cancer at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver.[1]

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  1. ^ "Jake Milford". The New York Times. 24 December 1984.

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Preceded by General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Preceded by General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings
Succeeded by