Order of Hockey in Canada

Jim Gregory - 2015 Order of Hockey in Canada Honouree

Hockey Accomplishments

  • Currently serves as senior vice-president of hockey operations with the NHL
  • Served as chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1998-2014
  • Hired as executive director of hockey operations for the NHL in 1986
  • Introduced video goal reviews to the NHL
  • Was director of NHL Central Scouting from 1979-86
  • Was an advisor on player personnel decisions with Canada’s National Junior Team in the early days of the Program of Excellence (1981-85)
  • Was general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969-79
  • One of the first GMs to sign European talent, including Borje Salming
  • Was a scout with the Maple Leafs in 1968-69
  • Helped the Maple Leafs reach the playoffs eight times in 10 years as GM
  • Was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL (minor pro) in 1967-68
  • Won the Memorial Cup as head coach of the Toronto Marlboros in 1964
  • Won the Memorial Cup as general manager of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 1961
  • Got his start at St. Michael’s College as a stats keeper and trainer thanks to Father David Bauer

Additional Background

  • Born November 4, 1935 in Port Colborne, Ont.
  • He and his wife, Rosalie, have one son, David, and three daughters, Andrea, Valerie and Maureen


  • Player of the Game awards at the CHL Top Prospects Game are named in his honour
  • Received the Order of St. Michael from St. Michael’s College in 2012
  • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007
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