Full name: Thomas Patrick "Tom" Gorman
Born: June 9, 1886 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 15, 1961 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Capitals Lacrosse Club, Ottawa (CAN)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Tom Gorman played lacrosse for Canada at the 1908 Olympics, but his fame is based on his career as a sports and entertainment promoter. He started out as a page boy in the Canadian parliament but later became one of the best known Canadian citizens. Gorman was a founder of the National Hockey League and managed seven clubs to Stanley Cup Championships – Ottawa in 1920, 1921, and 1923; Chicago in 1934; the Montreal Maroons in 1935; and the Montreal Canadiens in 1944 and 1946. He also introduced pro hockey to the US in the 1920s, managing the New York Americans. During prohibition, Gorman managed the Agua Caliente race track in Mexico. He promoted Frank Sinatra shows, ice skating tours by Barbara Ann Scott, evangelist tours of Aimee Semple McPherson, professional wrestling in Montreal and Ottawa, introduced professional baseball to Ottawa in 1951 with the Ottawa Giants, and owned and operated the Ottawa Auditorium and the Ottawa Senators, a team in the Quebec Senior Hockey League.
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