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Encyclopedia > James E. Norris

James E. Norris (December 10, 1879December 4, 1952) was a Canadian-American businessman, operating companies in the grain and cattle industries, and owner of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He also had significant ownership interests in the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers. He is often referred to as James Norris Sr., to distinguish him from his son, James D. Norris. Norris is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, as are his sons James and Bruce Norris. December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... December 4th redirects here. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Detroit Red Wings are an NHL franchise located in Detroit, Michigan. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL... Bruce Norris (February 19, 1924 – January 1, 1986) was owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1955 to 1982, and was also chairman of the National Hockey Leagues Board of Governors. ...


Career

Norris was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, but grew up in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. He was an accomplished athlete in his youth, playing hockey, squash and tennis. He was a star defenceman at McGill University, and later played for the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. Nickname: The Garden City Motto: Industry and Liberality Location of St. ... Lachine is a former city on the Island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. ... Motto: Concordia Salus Coordinates: Country Canada Province Québec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area    - City 366. ... Defenceman (defenseman in American English) is a hockey player position on the ice whose responsibility is primarily defence. ... McGill University is a publicly funded, non-denominational, co-educational research university located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Montreal Amateur Athletic Association is an athletic association located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


Norris's family had amassed substantial wealth in the 19th century, owning mills and a fleet of ships, along with several tracts of land. His father moved Norris Grain Inc. to Chicago when Norris was 18 years old. Norris also moved to Chicago and became president of Norris Grain at the age of 28 in 1908. He began buying grain elevators in the 1910s and was the largest cash grain buyer in the world in the 1930s. He also ran Norris Cattle Company, which operated three of the largest cattle ranches in the U.S. His net worth was said to be over $200 million by 1940. Norris became a U.S. citizen in 1919. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor...


When the NHL announced it was going to place a team in Chicago, Norris made a bid for the team, but narrowly lost to Frederic McLaughlin. Norris then became a persistent critic of McLaughlin's Black Hawks, calling them an inferior operation. As early as 1930, he tried to organize a second team in the city. Finally, in 1932, the minor American Hockey Associaton changed its name to the American Hockey League (no relation to the current circuit) and declared itself a major league. Norris was set to become owner of the league's Chicago team, the Shamrocks. Major Frederic McLaughlin (born June 27, 1877 in Chicago, Illinois - December 17, 1944) was the first owner of the Chicago Blackhawks. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is regarded as the top professional hockey league in North America outside the National Hockey League (NHL) for which it serves as the primary developmental circuit. ...


NHL president Frank Calder quickly took measures to cut the upstart league down to size, and persuaded the other owners to let Norris buy the struggling Detroit Falcons, who were then in receivership. Norris' first act upon buying the team was to change its name to the Red Wings. He also designed the team's current logo—a wing portruding from a wheel. The logo was adapted from the old MAAA logo (the team had been nicknamed the "Winged Wheelers") and was intended to curry favor with the automobile companies. Frank Calder (November 17, 1877-February 4, 1943) was the first NHL President (1917-1943). ...


Norris quickly cleared away the debt left over from past years and gave the Red Wings the financial backing they needed to become one of the most powerful teams in the NHL. Under Norris' watch, the Red Wings won five Stanley Cups. He rarely saw his Red Wings play due to a heart condition. However, coach and general manager Jack Adams always called Norris after each game from the locker room. John James Jack Adams (also known as Jovial Jawn) (June 14, 1895 - May 1, 1968) was a ice hockey player, head coach and general manager in the National Hockey League. ...


In 1936, Norris exacted a measure of revenge on McLaughlin by buying the Black Hawks' home, Chicago Stadium—thus becoming McLaughlin's landlord. When McLaughlin died in 1944, Norris helped longtime Black Hawks president Bill Tobin put together a syndicate that bought the team from the McLaughlin estate. It was generally understood, however, that Norris called the shots. Earlier in the decade, he had bought enough stock in Madison Square Garden to become the largest stockholder. While he did not buy majority control, he had enough support from the board that he effectively controlled the New York Rangers as well. Chicago Stadium was known as The Madhouse On Madison. The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor arena in Chicago, Illinois. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred...


Norris died on December 4, 1952 in Chicago and was buried in Mattituck, New York. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958. December 4th redirects here. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Mattituck Inlet Mattituck is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, USA. The population was 4,198 at the 2000 census. ... The Hockey Hall of Fame is located at the corner of Front & Yonge in downtown Toronto The Stanley Cup on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the history of hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL...


 
 

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