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Jack Dryburgh
Born January 14, 1939 (1939-01-14) (age 71),

Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Position Forward
Playing career c. 1956–c. 1960s

Jack "Jackie" Dryburgh (born January 14, 1939 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland) is a retired British ice hockey player and coach and administrator. He played for various clubs in Scotland and England during the 1950s and 1960s as well as coaching in Aviemore and Solihull. He was a member of the British Ice Hockey Association and was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. He is currently the manager of Dundee Ice Arena.


Playing careerEdit

Dryburgh began his senior playing career with Murrayfield Royals. He soon moved to England to play for the Nottingham Panthers in the British National League in October 1956. However, he returned to the Royals as he was unable to find suitable employment as an aircraft fitter in the Midlands. Whilst with the Royals he helped them to remain unbeaten in the 1957–58 season. He then returned to England in 1959 to play for the Southampton Vikings, scoring four goals in his debut game and finishing the season as the team's leading points scorer. After starting the 1960–61 season back with the Royals, Dryburgh finished the second half of the season with the Vikings.

In 1961, Dryburgh made his only appearance for the Great Britain national team at the World Championship Pool B tournament in Switzerland. He helped the team to remain undefeated in the tournament although they finished runners up.

Dryburgh joined the Brighton Tigers at the start of the 1961–62 season and remained with them for four seasons. With the Tigers, he scored 205 goals and 262 assists for 467 points in 131 games. After the ice rink in Brighton closed, Dryburgh played for Liège in the Belgian league and made occasional appearances for Fife Flyers, Perth Panthers and the homeless Brighton Tigers.

Post playing careerEdit

In the late 1960s, Dryburgh moved to Aviemore in Scotland where he was the rink manager for many years. Whilst in Aviemore, he was responsible for getting ice hockey off the ground. Following his time in Aviemore, Dryburgh became the team manager of the Solihull Barons in the 1980s.

Following his stint in Solihull, Dryburgh returned to his home-town, Kirkcaldy, as the rink manager of the Fife Ice Arena. During his time there he would help out the Flyers by acting as bench coach on occasion. Dryburgh also represented the Scottish Rink Managers Association on the now defunct British Ice Hockey Association. After many years at the Fife Ice Arena, Dryburgh became the rink manager at the Dundee Ice Arena, a position he holds to this day.

Awards and honoursEdit

  • Inducted to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

RecordsEdit

  • Leading points scorer for Southampton Vikings in the 1959–60 season.

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