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John Kilpatrick

Born: Jun 15, 1889

Death: May 7, 1960

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

John Kilpatrick

Date of Birth : Jun 15, 1889
Date of Death : May 7, 1960
Birth Place : New York City

John Reed Kilpatrick was an American athlete, soldier, and sports businessperson. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Kilpatrick was born to a Canadian mother and American father, raised in New York City, and later attended Yale University. He competed in football and track and field, and was recognized as one of the top players of the era. After college, he worked in New York City before being drafted to serve in the United States Army in World War I. During this service, he won several honors including the Distinguished Service Medal. After the war, he commenced a successful business career in New York that led him to becoming the president of the Madison Square Garden Corporation. Kilpatrick ran Madison Square Garden for more than twenty-five years, personally overseeing the operations of the New York Rangers NHL club from 1934 to 1960. The Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1940 while he was in charge. Kilpatrick introduced a number of other professional events at Madison Square Garden, such as ice shows and, with the assistance of Ned Irish, college and professional basketball player. In 1936, he was elected an NHL Governor.


  • Businessperson
  • Athlete
  • Soldier
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