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Former AHL president Riley passes away

Jack Riley, who served as president of the American Hockey League from 1964 to 1966, died Wednesday at the age of 97.

Riley led the AHL for two years before becoming the first general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins when that franchise entered the National Hockey League. Before heading up the AHL, Riley was the GM of the Rochester Americans for five seasons (1959-64) and also served briefly as the Amerks’ head coach during the 1960-61 season.

A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame, Riley also played parts of three seasons in the AHL with the Philadelphia Ramblers, Hershey Bears and Washington Lions, and also coached the Lions in 1947-48.

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