Jack McKenzie

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn "Jack"•McKenzie
Used nameJack•McKenzie
Born22 July 1930 in High River, Alberta (CAN)
Measurements190 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsKitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, Kitchener (CAN) / St. Catharines Teepees, St. Catharines (CAN)
NOC Canada


Prior to moving to Ontario defenseman Jack McKenzie spent two seasons, from 1947 through 1949, with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He joined the junior Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association in 1949 and was transferred to their senior team to assist them during bid for the Allan Cup, given annually to the Canadian senior men’s ice hockey champions. He won his first of three Allan Cups at the tournament and spent the following season with the Marlboros prior to joining, and being suspended by, the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen when he tried to join the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. He returned in 1952 with the team and stayed with them through 1957, winning his other two Allan Cups in the process. He was also invited to help represent Canada in ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics as the team’s captain. There, he played in eight games, scored seven goals, and was unanimously named in a poll of Olympic hockey officials as the best forward of the tournament, despite playing the majority of the matches as a defenseman.

McKenzie moved to the Whitby Dunlops of the Eastern Ontario Hockey League in 1957, although he played several games with the Dutchmen that season as well, before returning to the latter during the 1958-1959 season for a final spell. He also captured a gold medal at the 1958 World Ice Hockey Championships as a member of the Dunlops who were sent to represent Canada. After retiring from active play he became a high school teacher in Ontario and taught physical education, math and English. Now retired from teaching, he has been a staple in reunions for his Olympic team for many years.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) CAN Jack McKenzie
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Canada 3 Bronze

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