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Jack O'Callahan
Position Defenceman
Shot Right
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Chicago Black Hawks
New Jersey Devils
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1957-07-24)July 24, 1957,
Charlestown, MA, USA
NHL Draft 96th, 1977
Chicago Black Hawks
WHA Draft 68th, 1977
Calgary Cowboys
Pro Career 1980 – 1989
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Flag of the United States United States

Jack O'Callahan (born July 2, 1957 in Charlestown, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 390 NHL regular season games between 1982 and 1989 for the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. Before turning professional, he was a member of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States national team that upset the Soviet Union in the famous Miracle on Ice game.

Playing career

Amateur career

O'Callahan graduated from Boston Latin School in 1975 and then attended Boston University from 1975–1979, where he was a team captain during the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons and was named All-East twice, All-New England and All-America, team MVP twice, Beanpot MVP, NCAA tournament MVP, and Cochrane award winner twice. He also played for Team USA at the 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow.

The year after he graduated, O'Callahan was selected to represent the USA in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Three days before the Olympics, in an exhibition match against the Soviet Union, Jack injured his left knee. This forced him out of the opening game against Sweden at the Olympics. He returned for the famous "Miracle on Ice" game against the Soviet Union in the first game of the medal round and in his first seconds on the ice, delivered a massive hit on a Soviet player that turned the puck over to the Americans near the Soviet defensive zone. The hit caught the Soviets off guard and set up a goal scored by William "Buzz" Schneider to tie the game at 1-1.

Professional career

O'Callahan was drafted 96th overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He joined the Hawks after the Olympics, initially playing for two seasons in the minors for the American Hockey League New Brunswick Hawks. He finally made the Blackhawks roster in 1982 and played there until 1987 when the Hawks left him unprotected. He was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils and played a further two seasons before retiring 1989. He also made a final appearance for the United States national team at the 1989 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament.

Awards and achievements

  • ECAC First All-Star Team (1978, 1979)
  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1978)
  • NCAA Championship Tournament MVP (1978)
  • NCAA East First All-American Team (1979)

External links

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