Milford was the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings from 1973 to 1977, where he led the Kings to a franchise record 105 points in a season. After 1977, he went to manage the Vancouver Canucks, leading them to a Stanley Cup finals appearance in 1982. He was then promoted to Senior Vice-President of the club, a position which he held until his sudden death on Christmas Eve 1984, just a month after his Hall of Fame induction. For the remainder of the 1984–85 season, the Vancouver Canucks wore a "JCM" patch on their sweaters.
The coach of the year trophy in the Central Hockey League is named after Milford.
Awards and achievements
- Biographical information and career statistics from Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Jake Milford's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
| General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks
| General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings