Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jack McCartan
Jack McCartan was the goaltender on the last U.S. team to have won the gold, back in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California prior to Lake Placid in 1980. The more recent edition of Team USA went on to defeat the Russians 4-3 and capture the "Miracle on Ice" gold medal with a win over Finland in their last game. And the 1960 version, with McCartan's stellar netminding, won the gold over much more highly favored teams from Canada, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.

McCartan remembered that the American team he belonged to was a very close-knit hockey family. Prior to joining that magical collection of U.S. players for the 1960 Olympics, McCartan had been a college standout at the University of Minnesota (his home state). After he graduated, McCartan joined the army. While a member of the armed forces, he represented the U.S. in the World Championship in Prague, an event that provided the Americans with invaluable experience leading up to the Olympics in Squaw Valley.

After the Olympics, McCartan was called up to the NHL, appearing in four games near the end of the 1959-60 season with the New York Rangers, the team that signed him after his impressive play in Squaw Valley.

The save on Howe was about as good as it got for goalie McCartan in the NHL. After allowing a whopping 36 goals in only seven and a half games in 1960-61, he was sent to the minors by the Rangers and never returned to the big leagues, although he did play for the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA for three seasons. He stayed in hockey as a scout for the Vancouver Canucks after his playing days were over.

But although his NHL career, was far from spectacular. Jack McCartan will long be remembered by Olympic hockey fans as the man between the pipes during the amazing upset victory registered by the U.S. in 1960, and it was on the strength of that performance that he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1955-56 University of Minnesota WCHA 24 0 2.79
1956-57 University of Minnesota WCHA 15 0 2.87
1957-58 University of Minnesota WCHA 28 1 3.18
1958-59 United States Nat-Tm 29 0 3.65 3 0 4.00
1959-60 Minneapolis Rangers CHL 5 1 3.40
1959-60 United States Olympics 5 5 0 0 0 2.20
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 4 1 1 2 0 1.75
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 8 1 6 1 1 4.77
1960-61 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 52 25 21 6 2 2.79 7 3 4 0 2 2.85
1961-62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 70 36 24 10 5 3.10 7 3 4 0 0 2.66
1962-63 Los Angeles Blades WHL 60 31 27 2 4 3.12 3 1 2 0 0 2.98
1963-64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 67 31 30 6 3 3.91 6 2 4 0 0 4.49
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 5 1 4 0 0 5.40
1964-65 Los Angeles Blades WHL 32 8 22 2 1 3.76
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 53 23 27 3 2 3.40
1966-67 California Seals WHL 61 25 26 10 1 3.17 5 2 3 0 0 2.60
1967-68 Omaha Knights CPHL 43 9 25 7 1 3.77
1968-69 San Diego Gulls WHL 43 20 14 6 0 3.38 1 0 0 0 0 6.00
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 52 21 20 9 3 3.21 4 0 3 0 0 5.73
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 55 24 20 11 3 2.98 6 2 4 0 0 3.80
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 36 14 16 2 0 3.44 2 0 2 0 0 3.05
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 38 15 19 1 1 3.58 4 1 2 0 0 3.94
1973-74 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 2 0 0 0 0 7.14
1973-74 Sun Coast Suns SHL 6 0 4.83
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 2 1 0 0 0 4.92
NHL Totals 12 2 7 3 1 3.70


WCHA First All-Star Team (1957, 1958)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1958)
Named Best Goaltender at Olympic Games (1960)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
WHL First All-Star Team (1970, 1971)
Signed to five-game amateur tryout contract by NY Rangers following 1960 Winter Olympic Games, March 2, 1960. Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by NY Rangers for cash, October 2, 1962. Claimed by Chicago from LA Blades (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1963. Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by Chicago for cash, January, 1965. Traded to San Francisco (WHL) by LA Blades (WHL) for Paul Jackson, June, 1965. NHL rights transferred to California after owners of San Francisco (WHL) franchise granted expansion team, April 6, 1966. Claimed by San Diego (WHL) from Oakland in Reverse Draft, June 13, 1968. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.