Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack Evans
Jack Evans began his long professional hockey career in 1948-49 playing three games with the New York Rangers. He also played in three games the following season. It was not until the 1950-51 season that Evans had the opportunity to suit up for 49 games for the Rangers, scoring a single goal.

At the age of 27, Evans was at his prime and got himself into the Rangers' lineup on a full-time basis. For three years in a row, Evans patrolled the defense for 70 games. In 1958-59 he began a new chapter of his NHL career, signing with the Chicago Blackhawks. He remained with the Hawks for five years, winning a Stanley Cup in 1961 with teammates Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.

At 34, in 1962-62, Evans played his last year in the NHL as a member of the Blackhawks. What is truly amazing is that Evans continued to play professional hockey in the minor leagues for another nine years, retiring with the San Diego Gulls of the WHL after the 1971-72 season at the age of 44.

Evans soon found himself involved in coaching, taking the reins with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the ECHL in 1974. He was also named the coach of the year. The following season Evans was promoted to coach the parent Cleveland Barons. In 1978, he returned to coach the Golden Eagles.

As for the NHL, Evans was behind the bench for the Hartford Whalers for almost five years, starting in 1983-84. He put together one Adams Division championship, but that was ruined by a first-round exit from the playoffs. He also had two fourth-place finishes in the Adams and two fifth-place showings, where the Whalers failed to advance to the post-season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1947-48 Lethbridge Native Sons WCJHL 23 10 21 31 58 6 5 3 8 8
1947-48 Lethbridge Maple Leafs WCSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Lethbridge Native Sons M-Cup 12 4 4 8 26
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 4
1948-49 Lethbridge Maple Leafs WCSHL 48 7 10 17 124 3 0 0 0 8
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1949-50 New Haven Ramblers AHL 69 3 12 15 150
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 49 1 0 1 95
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 16 3 3 6 56
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 52 1 6 7 83
1952-53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 68 9 22 31 179 13 0 3 3 16
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 44 4 4 8 73
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 27 2 3 5 49
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 47 0 5 5 91
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 22 2 4 6 16
1954-55 Victoria Cougars WHL 1 0 0 0 2
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 70 2 9 11 104 5 1 0 1 18
1956-57 New York Rangers NHL 70 3 6 9 110 5 0 1 1 4
1957-58 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 8 12 108 6 0 0 0 17
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 1 8 9 75 6 0 0 0 10
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 0 4 4 60 4 0 0 0 4
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 0 8 8 58 12 1 1 2 14
1961-62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 3 14 17 80 12 0 0 0 26
1962-63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 0 8 8 46 6 0 0 0 4
1963-64 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 0 17 17 87
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 69 2 13 15 91
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 2 31 33 103 7 0 1 1 20
1966-67 California Seals WHL 71 3 18 21 52 6 0 2 2 4
1967-68 San Diego Gulls WHL 65 1 15 16 36 7 0 3 3 8
1968-69 San Diego Gulls WHL 73 1 11 12 50 7 0 0 0 0
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 67 0 8 8 46 6 0 0 0 2
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 69 1 10 11 82 6 0 2 2 12
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 0 20 20 87 4 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 752 19 80 99 989 56 2 2 4 97


WHL First All-Star Team (1953) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1961, 1962) Claimed by Chicago from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 3, 1958. Claimed by Boston (Hershey-AHL) from Chicago in Reverse Draft, June 15, 1966. Traded to San Diego (WHL) by Boston for cash, October, 1967.