Jimmy Chappell (on the right) on the cover of the British television listings in 1937.

Jimmy Chappell
Position Right wing/Centre
Teams Earls Court Rangers
Fife Flyers
Dunfermline Vikings
Brighton Tigers
Nationality Flag of United Kingdom British
Born March 3, 1915(1915-03-03),
Huddersfield, England
Died April 3 1976 (aged 61),
Pinellas County, FL, U.S.
Pro Career 1935 – 1949

James William Chappell (March 3, 1915(1915-03-03) – April 3, 1976), also known as Jim Chappell and Jimmy Chappell, is a former ice hockey player who mainly played in the English National League (ENL). However, he is best remembered for playing for the Great Britain national ice hockey team which won the gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics. He is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

Career[edit | edit source]

Although born in Huddersfield in England, Chappell's family emigrated to Canada when he was 10-years-old. He learned to play ice hockey while living in Ontario where he progressed through the junior ranks to play with the Oshawa Collegiates and the Whitby Intermediates between 1931 and 1934.

Club[edit | edit source]

Chappell returned to England in 1935 when he joined the Earls Court Rangers for their inaugural season in the ENL. He stayed with Earls Court for three seasons before joining the Fife Flyers in Scotland for their inaugural season in 1938–39. He again joined a club for their inaugural season when he joined the Dunfermline Vikings for the 1939–40 season. After World War II — in which he took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy — Chappell joined the Brighton Tigers for the 1946–47 season staying with them until he retired following the 1948–49 season.

International[edit | edit source]

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice Hockey
Gold 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Team

Chappell played for the GB national team at the 1936 Winter Olympics, where he scored two goals in the six games he played and helped the team to win the gold medal.

Chappell also played for the GB national team in the 1937 and 1938 World Championships. In the 1937 championships he helped the team to silver medal and, as the highest placed European team, the gold medal in the European Championships at the tournament. In the 1938 championships he again helped the team to silver medal.

In 1948, Chappell again appeared for the GB national team at the Olympics held in Switzerland when the team finished in sixth place.

Retirement[edit | edit source]

After retiring from ice hockey, Chappell continued to contribute to the game for a while as a referee. He then returned with his family to Canada where he was successful in business before he died suddenly while on holiday in Pinellas County, Florida in 1976.

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

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