McConnell, John H.
- Henry Franklin Tribe
McConnell, John H. (10 May 1923–25 April 2008), businessman, philanthropist, and hockey team owner, was born John Henderson McConnell in Pughtown (now New Manchester), West Virginia, the son of Paul McConnell, a steelworker, and Mary Louise McConnell. Young John's father was employed by the Weirton Steel Corporation, and his grandfather and uncles also worked in the local steel mills. John grew up in modest circumstances in a home that was heated by coal stoves and lacked electricity and inside plumbing. He demonstrated his prowess in athletics in high school and was offered a football scholarship at the University of West Virginia. But after his graduation from high school in 1941 he declined the scholarship and accepted a job as an electrician with Weirton Steel....