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U.S. Olympic coach Riley dies at 95

Guided United States to gold medal at 1960 Games

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Jack Riley, who coached the United States to its first Olympic men's hockey gold medal in 1960, died Wednesday at age 95, according to USA Hockey.

"Jack's imprint on the game was enormous," USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean told the USA Hockey website. "While to many he is best known as the head coach of the 1960 gold-medal team, he devoted his entire career and life to coaching and developing young men."

Riley played for the United States at the 1948 Olympics and was the coach of the Army men's ice hockey team from 1950-86. He twice won the Spencer Penrose Award as the top NCAA men's hockey coach.

Riley was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1998. He won the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in 1986, and won it again in 2002 when the 1960 Olympic team was honored with the award.

"He's an absolute legend of the game and someone we'll miss dearly," Lou Vairo, director of special projects for USA Hockey and also a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, told the USA Hockey website. "He always made himself available to anyone in hockey, and particularly youth hockey players and coaches."

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