Centre Jackie Gordon played briefly with the New York Rangers in the 40s and 50s. He was better known as a creative offensive player in the AHL and the head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in the 70s.
The Winnipeg native played junior with the hometown Rangers before scoring 37 goals for the EHL's New York Rovers in 1946-47. He then joined the New Haven Ramblers of the AHL and was recalled three times by the Blueshirts. Gordon's only extended stay in the league cane in 1948-49 when he registered 12 points in 31 games for New York.
Following his brief NHL tenure, Gordon was a mainstay in the AHL, mostly with the Cleveland Barons. He topped the 20-goal mark four times and helped the Barons win the Calder Cup in 1954 and 1957. He retired as the club's player/coach in 1962 and focused on his duties behind the bench until he moved to the New York Rangers as assistant general manager. Prior to the 1970-71 season Gordon was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota North Stars. Under his guidance the club posted 116-123-50 record with the high point being a birth in the semifinals in 1971.