John Coward
Position Left wing
Nickname(s) Red
Teams Richmond Hawks
Nationality Flag of United Kingdom British
Born October 28, 1910(1910-10-28),
Ambleside, England
Died February 8 1989 (aged 78),
Pro Career 1935 – 1937

John "Red" Coward (October 28, 1910 – February 8, 1989), also known as Johnny Coward, was an ice hockey player who mainly played two seasons for the Richmond Hawks 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.

Ice hockey career[edit | edit source]

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

Although born in Ambleside in England, Coward's family emigrated to Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada where he learned to play ice hockey.

Coward returned to England in 1935 when he joined the Richmond Hawks in the ENL. Coward only played for the Hawks for two season. However, he also played for the GB national team at the 1936 Winter Olympics, where he scored one goal in the six games he played and helped the team to win the gold medal. He also played for the 1937 GB national team which won the silver medal at the World Championships.

Coward was inducted to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. His game worn sweater from the 1936 Winter Olympics is also an exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

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