Bruce Norris Movies and Career Information

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Feb 19, 1924

Bruce Arthur Norris (February 19, 1924 – January 1, 1986) was owner of the Detroit Red Wings from 1955 to 1982, and was also chairman of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors. He was the son of James E. Norris and half-brother of James D. Norris. Members of the Norris family owned the Red Wings for almost fifty years before selling the franchise to Mike Ilitch in 1982. In his first year as sole owner of the team, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1955. Norris was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969, joining his father and brother. Bruce Norris served as an Ensign with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Bruce Norris married Naoma Donnelley on June 28, 1947. The couple divorced in 1949. He remarried in 1958 to Patricia Anne Shephard. That marriage ended in divorce and in 1967 he married the former Mrs. Armene Lamson Clark of Seattle. They divorced in 1970. In 1957, Mr. Norris ordered the trade of Ted Lindsay from the Red Wings to Chicago because of Mr. Lindsay's efforts to form the National Hockey League Players Association. His role in the union-busting efforts are dramatized in the TV movie, Net Worth. In 1976, Bruce Norris

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