Tommy Lockhart contributed to the development of amateur, professional, and international hockey in the United States for over four decades. His efficient organization and boundless enthusiasm for the game endeared him to many people in the hockey world.
Born in New York City, Lockhart was interested in distance running and competitive cycling as a youth. He became involved in hockey in 1932 as a promoter of amateur matches at Madison Square Garden. His activities expanded the next year when he organized the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (EAHL). In 1934, he began an eighteen-year term as the vice-president of the Metropolitan Amateur Hockey League and the following season he became president of the EAHL.
Many hockey observers felt that the EAHL was misleading the public since players were given basic living expenses and allotted "recreational funds." Lockhart was always open about the arrangement and was quite vocal about the amateur designation being accurate since the players were gainfully employed during the day outside of hockey. During his EAHL tenure, Lockhart spent some time behind the bench of the New York Rovers.
In 1937 Lockhart helped organize the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) and served as its first president. During the 1950s he spent six years as the business manager for the NHL's New York Rangers. He later took a place on the U.S. Olympic Committee and the council of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1965.
A multi-faceted administrator, Lockhart was the vice-chairman of the US Boxing Committee for four years and vice-president of the Metropolitan Association of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States. Lockhart dedication to cycling was also acknowledged when he was made an Honourary and Life Member of the Century Road Club Association.
He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965.