Eddie Barry
Position Defence
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born October 12, 1919(1919-10-12),
Wellesley, MA, USA
Died February 12 2016 (aged 96),
Needham, MA, USA
Pro Career 1941 – 1950

Edward Thomas Barry, known as Ed Barry or Eddie Barry, (born October 12, 1919 – February 12, 2016)[1] was an American professional ice hockey player. Barry also played for the Boston Olympics of the Eastern Hockey League and the Boston Bruins, and later became the coach at Boston State College. He has been a member of the Northeastern University athletics Hall of Fame since 1976,[2] and a member of the UMass Boston Hall of Fame since 2003.[1][3]

Barry learned to play hockey in his hometown of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He played briefly for Northeastern University in Boston,[4] but left school during his freshman year in the winter of 1940 to skate for the Boston Olympics of the Eastern Hockey League from 1941 to 1943, captaining the team in 1941 and 1942.

Following a brief tour of duty in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, when he played for the Coast Guard Cutters, Barry returned to play for the Boston Bruins for 19 games during the 1946–47 season,[4] making him the first American to play for the Bruins since the 1920s. He rejoined the Olympics for four more seasons before becoming head coach in 1950.[5] During his two seasons as coach, Barry went 63-51-7.[6] Barry was the head coach at Boston State College (now part of UMass Boston)[1] from 1962 to 1982[7] and guided them to two ECAC Division II Tournaments and two NAIA tournaments. In 1965, BSC went 20-0.[7] He was also a referee for several national collegiate championship games.[1]

After leaving the Bruins, Barry went into the insurance business and became a partner at Barry and Farrell Insurance Agency in Needham, Massachusetts,[1][2] where his son and grandchildren now work. Barry died on February 12, 2016 at the age of 96.

The Beacons Ice Arena which is home to the Mass-Boston Beacons men's and women's ice hockey teams was renamed to the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink in the fall of 2016 in his honor.

Barry was also responsible for the starting of the Codfish Bowl which was created as an attempt to create a lower level collegiate version of the Beanpot.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pave, Martin. "Legend continues as Barry enters second Hall of Fame", Boston Globe, 5 October 2003. Retrieved on 29 December 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Northeastern University Hall of Fame Inductee Profile
  3. Hall of Fame. UMass Boston Athletics. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cusick, Fred (2006). "Northeastern and Eddie Barry", Fred Cusick: voice of the Bruins. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1582619816. 
  5. Ed Thomas Barry. Legends of Hockey. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.
  6. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=13325
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ed Barry Historical Record. College Hockey News. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.

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