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James D. Norris

James D. Norris
Born November 6, 1906
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died February 25, 1966
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Cause of death Heart failure
Occupation Commodities dealer, sports team owner, racehorse owner/breeder
Board member of Norris Grain Company, Chicago Blackhawks, Madison Square Garden, International Boxing Club of New York
Religion Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Mary
Children Susan Mary
Parents James E. Norris
Relatives Bruce Norris

Hockey Hall of Fame (1962)

James Dougan Norris (November 6, 1906 – February 25, 1966) was an American sports businessman, with interests in boxing, ice hockey, and horse racing. He was the son of James E. Norris and half-brother of Bruce Norris and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Born in Chicago, Norris served as a Lieutenant with the United States Navy during World war II. [1] In business, he was a partner in the commodity brokerage firm, Norris and Kenly, and became involved in hockey by working for his father, who bought the Detroit Red Wings in 1932. In 1946, James D. Norris was one of a group that purchased the Chicago Blackhawks along with Bill Tobin and Arthur M. Wirtz. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, with Norris as chairman. Norris was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.

Norris's father passed along several of the family's businesses to him in the late 1940s, including a significant ownership position in Norris Grain Company, Madison Square Garden. Norris was president of the International Boxing Club of New York from 1949 to 1958. The IBC dominated boxing in the U.S. in the 1950s, but was dissolved by the courts, which ruled it to be a monopoly. Among his investments, James Norris held interests in the Rock Island Railroad, the Chicago Furniture Mart, and Chicago's Bismarck Hotel.

James Norris also owned Thoroughbred racehorses and Spring Hill Farm in Paris, Kentucky. His horses raced at tracks in the United States and in Canada where his colt, Rocky Royale, won the 1960 Canadian International Stakes. In 1938 his horse Danger Point, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, won the Metropolitan Handicap.

Like his father, Norris suffered from heart problems and had two heart attacks. He died in Chicago in 1966 at age 59, with a reported net worth of $250 million. Shortly before his death, Norris had arranged for an NHL franchise to be awarded to St. Louis, Missouri, even though no one from St. Louis applied for a franchise. Norris owned the St. Louis Arena.


Awards & achievements

1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952 Stanley Cup (Detroit)

1961 Stanley Cup (Chicago)

See also

  • Tom Duggan


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