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 NYSHSHCA HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2008


 Jack Porter (Notre Dame/Batavia, 1992-2007)
   

 
Carlton J. "Jack" Porter Jr. grew up in Buffalo, working on farms and playing hockey.  After high school, he went to St. Mary's Seminary in Crystal Lake, Ill. and then Cornell University, where he was a member of a nationally ranked livestock judging team.  While at Cornell he helped develop a hockey program.  After college Jack served in the U.S. Army as a medic. 

Jack was the founder of Porter Farms in Elba, Genesee County, one of the largest organic vegetable farms in New York State.  In the summers, he farmed, in winters he played and coached hockey.

Jack also helped launch, and then coach, hockey programs at the Buffalo State University and Notre Dame High School in Batavia.  He also coached at Batavia High School and was a member of the Genesee Valley Hockey Association as well as coaching numerous youth hockey teams in Buffalo and Batavia and was a regular at the Buffalo Sabres Hockey School.  While at Notre Dame, Jack coached the Fightin' Irish from 0-18 inaugural record to 19-7 and a Section V championship in just four seasons.

Starting with his own hockey-playing sons, Michael and Stephen, Jack taught the time-honored basics: hard work, discipline, respect.  Winning is fun, but not No. 1.  With his cocked shoulders, big eyeglasses, warm craggy face, and trademark tie and sport coat, Jack was unmistakable. 

Sadly, Jack Porter died December 22, 2007, after a two-decade battle with thyroid cancer.  He was 76.  His funeral took place in a small, stick frame church in his hometown of Elba, where the sign designating the village's population reads: "Just right."  He was eulogized with great eloquence by coaching peers and former players.  When his casket was led past a hockey "honor guard" made up of current Batavia players wearing their blue and white jerseys, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.  In life, Jack left us with tears of laughter. 

It seems everyone has a Jack Porter story.  How he once took off his "coke-bottle" glasses and put them on the nose of the referee who had missed an offsides call.  How he once yelled at a ref who he felt missed a penalty, "Hey stripes, even I saw that and I only have one eye."  (Jack lost an eye in a farming accident years prior)  The western New York hockey community won't be the same without Jack prowling behind some bench somewhere, urging on his players, jawing with referees, cracking everyone up with a stream of one-liners. 

He resume includes the following:

  • Founded hockey program at Cornell University
  • Founded hockey program at Buffalo State University
  • Founder, First Coach Notre Dame High School (1992-99)
  • Sectional Champion 1996 (4-years after starting program)
  • Section V "Coach of the Year" in 1995-96 and 1996-97
  • Assistant Coach at Batavia High School (2002-07)
  • Sectional Champion 2003, 2004, 2006 Batavia High School
  • Combined high school record 148-135-16
  • 2006 Batavia High School Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2008 NYSHSHCA Hall of Fame Inductee

Jack was posthumously inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2008, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey and society.

 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway, recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches, and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.
 


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