John J. "Jack" Caffery (June 30, 1934 in Kingston, Ontario - December 2, 1992) is a professional ice hockey centre who played 57 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins from 1954 to 1957, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists.

Caffery played for the St. Michael's Buzzers Junior "B" and the St. Michael's Majors Junior "A" teams from 1950 to 1954. He then turned pro in 1954-55 with the Leafs and played until 1958.

He was a good professional baseball player and juggled his time between the two sports until 1958, when he turned to baseball full-time. Caffery played two more seasons of hockey - 1960-61 with the Springfield Indians and 1963-64 with the Greensboro Generals.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Jack Caffery became the first player to use the "reverse-grip" (both hands on the same side of the stick) while taking a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 18, 1956.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Official NHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book, p.133.
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