Wren Blair

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Wren Blair
Born (1925-10-02)October 2, 1925
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Died January 2, 2013(2013-01-02) (aged 87)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Wren Alvin Blair (October 2, 1925 – January 2, 2013) was a Canadian ice hockey coach born in Lindsay, Ontario. He was the first general manager of the Minnesota North Stars, serving from 1967 to 1974. Blair was the North Stars' first head coach in the 1967–68 season, and returned to that role midway through the 1968–69 season, relinquishing the role again during the 1969–70 season. He was also the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from July 1975 to December 1976. Blair was responsible for notifying the Boston Bruins about Bobby Orr and helped train him for the NHL.

Prior to an NHL career, Blair was the coach / manager of the Whitby Dunlops team that won Allan Cups in 1957 and 1959, and a gold medal at the 1958 Ice Hockey World Championships. He also coached the Kingston Frontenacs to the final EPHL championship in the 1962–63 season.

He died on January 2, 2013 aged 87 in Oshawa, Ontario.[1][2]

Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Minnesota North Stars 1967–68 74 27 32 15 69 4th in West Lost in Semi-Finals
Minnesota North Stars 1968–69 41 12 20 9 (35) 6th in West (moved to GM role)
Minnesota North Stars 1969–70 32 9 13 10 (29) 3rd in West (returned to GM role)
Total 147 48 65 34

References

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  2. "Saginaw hockey pioneer Wren Blair passes away". mlive.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Position created
General Manager of the Minnesota North Stars
1967–74
Succeeded by
Jack Gordon
Preceded by
Jack Button
General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1975–76
Succeeded by
Baz Bastien
Preceded by
Position created
John Muckler
Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
196768
196870
Succeeded by
John Muckler
Charlie Burns