JACK REARDIGAN

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Date of Birth: 1924
Place of Birth: St. John’s, Nfld.
Inducted: 1994 (Athlete-Builder Category)

Jack Reardigan’s hockey career involved a lengthy and successful stint as a player, a rewarding tenure as an official, and contributing era as an executive member. In all three areas he was outstanding, with his impact on hockey within Newfoundland and Labrador being both important and beneficial.

After performing at the top of the intercollegiate league while attending school, he donned a senior St. Bon’s uniform when he was 17 years old and played for the next 20 years. One of the best skaters the province ever produced, Reardigan was an aggressive player who could stickhandle with the best. Very proficient at face-offs and disruptive in front of the opponents’ goal, he helped St. Bon’s win the Boyle Trophy and the St. John’s championship 15 times, and was a member of six provincial senior champions who won the Herder Memorial Trophy. His ability was such that he was selected to play against the touring New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Montreal Junior Canadiens.

His great skating ability was a vital factor in Reardigan’s nearly 30-year career as one of the finest officials to call plays with provincial hockey. In a special 1985 poll of Newfoundland and Labrador sports media members, he was selected as the second best provincial on-ice official ever. He served as St. John’s Referees’ Association president, assistant provincial referee-in-chief, vice-president and junior chairman for the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association, and as a long-time member of the NAHA appeals committee.

An excellent oarsman and race walker, Reardigan served in several sports executive positions outside of hockey, and was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.