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via MichaelCaples of MiHockeyNow,
The college hockey world lost one of its best coaches during the night.
Ron Mason, once the record-holder for most NCAA hockey wins as a head coach, has passed away at age 76.
He won 924 men’s college hockey games over 36 seasons at Lake Superior State (1966-73), Bowling Green State University (1973-79) and Michigan State University (1979-2002).
Mason guided two of those teams to national championships – winning a NAIA national title with LSSU in 1972 and a NCAA national title with MSU in 1986.
One of the creators of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 1972, Mason captured 10 CCHA regular-season titles – three with Bowling Green and seven with the Spartans – and 13 postseason crowns.
He was named the American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1992, and CCHA coach of the year on seven different occasions.
added 9:05am, from Tyler Haward of isportsweb,
Sources close to the Michigan State hockey program have confirmed former coach Ron Mason passed away at the age of 76.
Mason coached the MSU hockey program from 1979 to 2002 before becoming the athletic director at the university from then until 2008.
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced today the 2016 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Jimmy Vesey from Harvard University. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at historic Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida and aired nationally on NHL Network.
For Vesey (pronounced VEE-zee), the second time is a charm as he was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist a year ago when he led the nation in goal scoring. Two is a prominent number for the senior captain of the Crimson. For two straight years Vesey has been named ECAC Player of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, ECAC First Team all-conference and winner of the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England.
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is pleased to announce the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Kyle Connor, freshman forward from the University of Michigan, Thatcher Demko, junior goalie from Boston College and Jimmy Vesey, senior forward from Harvard University.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Flor. during the NCAA Frozen Four. Built in 1926 the theatre was known as one of America’s finest movie palaces of its era. The 36th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:
All times are p.m. ET
Saturday, March 26
3 on ESPNEWS: Ferris State vs. St. Cloud State (West Regional semifinal 1)
4 on ESPNU: RIT vs. Quinnipiac (East Regional semifinal 1)
6 on ESPN2: Midwest Regional final: North Dakota vs. Michigan
6:30 on ESPNU: Boston University vs. Denver (West Regional semifinal 2)
7:30 on ESPN3: Yale vs. Umass- Lowell (East Regional semifinal 2)
9 on ESPNU: Northeast Regional final: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Boston College
Sunday, March 27
5 on ESPNU: West Regional final
7:30 on ESPNU: East Regional final
All times are p.m. ET
Friday, March 25
2 on ESPNU: Northeastern vs. North Dakota (Midwest Regional semifinal 1)
4:30 on ESPN3: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Providence (Northeast Regional semifinal 1)
5:30 on ESPNU: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (Midwest Regional semifinal 2)
8 on ESPNU: Harvard vs. Boston College (Northeast Regional semifinal 2)
the rest of the schedule at ESPN...
from Andy Baggot of UWBadgers.com,
Mike Eaves is one of the most distinguished figures in Wisconsin athletic history, which is why this moment is particularly difficult.
Eaves has been relieved of his duties as UW men's hockey coach after 14 seasons, which included an NCAA championship in 2006, a national runner-up finish in 2010 and, at last count, 26 players who've reached the NHL.
Eaves is also the all-time leading scorer in program history, a three-time captain, a two-time Most Valuable Player, an honor student and member of the UW Athletic Hall of Fame.
Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez made the decision after the six-time national champion Badgers labored through consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1995-97 and saw fan support at the Kohl Center dwindle.
"I told Mike I appreciated the work he's done here," Alvarez said. "I also told him that we have great tradition and standards here in hockey. He's the gate-keeper of hockey. I'm the gate-keeper of the department. We both have a responsibility.
"After last season, because of the success we've had in the past, we felt that Mike had earned a chance to get the ship righted. But now, after back-to-back seasons like the last two we've had, I feel we need a change."
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson returned to his alma mater in 1984 to revitalize a once-proud program. He admits he has stayed on longer than he ever anticipated.
Berenson, 76, is in the final year of his contact. Multiple times, he has given a slight smile when asked about his future and acknowledged he can’t coach forever — without revealing his plans.
“You like the game, and you like the kids,” Berenson told the Free Press. “I believe in what we’re doing. I like the fact that they’re going to school. It’s nice to see the guys live their dream that go on to play in the NHL. That’s a great thing for our program.”
Just as important to Berenson are the players who go on to do something meaningful besides hockey because of the education they received.
The Wolverines host Penn State on Friday and Saturday in their final home series. Rumors of Berenson’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated for years. He might return for a 33rd season. But it’s possible this could be the last chance to see him behind the bench at Yost Ice Arena.
“I’m going to get to the end of this probably sooner than later,” Berenson said.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Win No. 1,000 came gift-wrapped with a Bay State bow. Jerry York, proud son of Watertown, walked out of Mullins Center Friday night with his BC Eagles owners of an 8-0 shellacking of the UMass Minutemen, and his career résumé reading 1,000-595-108.
Finally, four figures in the win column. No college hockey coach has won more games than York, the 70-year-old former Eagles center. And perhaps no college coach anywhere ever reached such a significant milestone — a feat unlikely to be duplicated — with such a subdued, understated demeanor.
“We’ve always talked about leaving our ego at the door, when you walk in [the dressing room] you’re now a part of a family of BC hockey players,’’ said York, after seeing eight goal scorers execute the beatdown before a crowd of 4,673. “If I was to make a big deal of, ‘Let’s work really hard to get this one,’ it wouldn’t make any sense.
“I really stayed away from that.’’
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