Jack Porter

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Referee • Other
Full nameJohn Chester "Jack"•Porter
Used nameJack•Porter
Other namesRed Porter
Born21 January 1904 in Beckwith, Ontario (CAN)
Died6 August 1997 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsUniversity of Toronto Graduates, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


An all-around athlete, John “Red” Porter played golf (and helped his team win intercollegiate championships in 1924 and 1925) and rugby, but he is best known for his tenure with the Toronto Graduates who won the senior amateur men’s ice hockey competition in 1927, earning not only that year’s Allan Cup, but also the right to represent Canada at the 1928 Winter Olympics. A defenseman, he was selected not only as the team captain, but as the flagbearer for Canada in the opening ceremonies. Canada took the gold medal at the tournament and Porter played in three games, scoring just as many goals. His hockey career had begun at the age of 17, when he joined a junior level team of the Ontario Hockey Association, and in 1926 he joined the Toronto Graduates. After the Olympics, he coached the University of Toronto’s hockey team from 1928 through 1931 and captured intercollegiate titles in his first two seasons. He was inducted into the University of Toronto Hall of Fame in 2004.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) CAN Jack Porter
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Canada 1 Gold


Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1928 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) CAN Jack Porter
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Group B Sweden — Poland Referee
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Group C Switzerland — Germany Referee

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1928 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CAN Jack Porter

Special Notes