Born at Silver Mountain (near Hymers, Ontario) in 1888, Jack Walker played on several local championship hockey teams from 1905 to 1910, including the Port Arthur Lake Cities champions. In 1911 he played with the Port Arthur Pros, who were Western Canadian Champions and also challenged for the Stanley Cup.
In the 1912-13 season he was a member of the Moncton Hawks of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL). From Moncton he moved on to the Toronto Blueshirts and helped them to win the Stanley Cup in 1914.
In 1916 he made the move out west to join the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL), playing with that club from 1916-24 and adding another Stanley Cup to his record of success in 1917. It was while with Seattle that he was involved in a historic moment in hockey history. The 1919 Stanley Cup final, which saw Seattle take on the Montreal Canadiens, had to be called off after five games due to the outbreak of influenza that saw many players too ill to play.
From 1924-26, Walker played for the Victoria Cougars, who won the Stanley Cup in 1925, making Walker one of the few players to win the Stanley Cup three times with three different teams and in three different leagues.
From 1926 to 1928 he toiled for the Detroit Cougars in the newly-created National Hockey League (NHL), and was voted their most valuable player in 1927 and in 1928.
Walker moved back to the PCHL in 1928 and, from then until 1931, he played and managed for Seattle, Hollywood and Oakland. His last appearance on the ice was in an Old Timers game in Vancouver in 1937.
Known throughout the hockey world as ‘hook check Jack’, his skill of poking the puck away from his opponent was legendary, with newspaper accounts of the day describing his unique skill as being the envy of every hockey player. Passing away in 1950 he was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, a true testament to his contribution to the game of hockey as an innovator and pioneer.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27, 1986