Captain of 1960 gold medal US Olympic hockey team dies at 88

BY foxsports • September 27, 2016

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) John ''Jack'' Kirrane Jr., the captain of the U.S. hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics, has died. He was 88.

The Bell-O'Dea Funeral Home in Brookline, Massachusetts, said Kirrane died Sunday . His son told the Boston Herald his father had Alzheimer's disease.

Kirrane played for the Olympic hockey team in 1948 at age 17. At the 1960 Squaw Valley Games, he led a squad of mostly college players to upsets of Canada and the Soviet Union before beating Czechoslovakia for the gold.

Kirrane was a Korean War veteran and a firefighter in his native Brookline.

He is survived by three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2010.

A funeral Mass is to be celebrated Thursday at St. Lawrence Church.

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