Jim Conacher
Position Centre
Shot Left
Nickname(s) Pencil
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
155 lb (70 kg)
Teams Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1921-05-05)May 5, 1921,
Motherwell, Scotland
Died April 9 2020 (aged 98),
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Pro Career 1945 – 1953

Jim Conacher (born May 5, 1921- May 5, 2020)) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. Although born in Scotland, he grew up in Toronto. Jim was not related to the other Coanchers, such as brothers Lionel and Charlie Conacher.

Conacher started his National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings. He went on to play with the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks. Conacher recorded 85 goals and 117 assists for 202 points in 328 career NHL games.

He started out with the junior Toronto Young Rangers from 1938-1940 and then moved to the Oshawa Generals in 1940-41.

Signed as a free agent by the Red Wings, Conacher played 1941-42 for the Wings' farm team the Omaha Knights, World War II regulations kept Conacher in Canada until 1945, so he played senior amateur hockey during this time.

In 1945-46 he split between the Wings and the Indianapolis Capitals. The next season he scored 29 points in 33 NHL games for the Wings. After a good 1947-48 season when he scored 40 points for the WIngs, Conacher was traded to the Black Hawks at the start of the 1948-49 season.

Coancher scored 48 points for the Hawks in 1948-49, but his numbers dwindled after that. The Rangers picked him up on waivers in 1951.

After two seasons split between the Rangers and the minors, Conacher retired in 1953.

Conacher was married to Bonnie, who died November 2013.[1] He later resided in West Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] The couple were active in the Vancouver Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.[3][4] Conacher died on April 9, 2020 at the age of 98.[5]

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  • Bonnie Conacher obituary
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