Jack Kilpatrick

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn "Jack"•Kilpatrick
Used nameJack•Kilpatrick
Born7 July 1917 in Bootle, Sefton, England (GBR)
Died18 December 1989 in Nelson, British Columbia (CAN)
Measurements178 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsWembley Lions, Wembley (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Jack Kilpatrick’s family emigrated from Liverpool to Saskatchewan, Canada shortly before his 4th birthday. In 1935 he was playing for the Prince Albert St Marks team when he was recruited to play for the Wembley Lions in the British League at a time when newly imposed restrictions on foreign players meant that British-born talent was at a premium. Kilpatrick spent only two winters in England but impressed enough to earn a place at the 1936 Winter Games. His Olympic experience was limited to a single appearance on the left-wing in the opening match against Sweden but he remains, as of 2013, the youngest Briton to have won an Olympic Winter gold medal. On his return to Canada he began a long association with the Nelson Maple Leafs and was a mainstay of their team until 1952. His son, Gary, was also an ice hockey player and had a long career below NHL level which peaked with 5 seasons in Canada’s Western Hockey League


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) GBR Jack Kilpatrick
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold

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