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Malcolm Greene Chace

Malcolm Greene Chace (March 12, 1875 - July 16, 1955) was an American financier and textile industrialist. He was born March 12, 1875 in Central Falls, Rhode Island. He was a pioneer in the introduction of collegiate hockey in the United States.

In his younger days he was a nationally ranked tennis player and a men's doubles champion at the US Open tennis tournament in 1895 and would win both the singles and doubles men's national Intercollegiate championships for three straight years 1893 to 1895. During a chance meeting with some Canadian hockey players while at a tennis tournament in Niagara Falls, New York he developed an interest in the game of hockey. He would form a team of men from Yale, Brown, and Harvard and toured across Canada while serving as the captain of the team.

He would serve as the captain of the Yale Bulldogs team that would play in the first intercollegiate hockey game in the United States on February 14, 1896 at the North Avenue Ice Palace in Baltimore, Maryland against Johns Hopkins University. He would score both goals for Yale as they won 2-1.[1]

He would be honored by Yale University in 1998 when the head coaching postion was called the "Malcolm G. Chace Head Hockey Coach" position. Tim Taylor was the first coach to serve in the position.  A portrait of him hangs in the Schley Room inside of Ingalls Rink.[2]

As a businessman, he would help bring electricity to many areas of the northeastern United States. He was also involved in the textile industry and the construction of oil tankers. He passed away on July 16, 1955 at the age of 80 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Chace would be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1961.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Yale 2; Hopkins 1: An Exciting Game of Hockey at the Rink". The Baltimore Sun. February 15, 1896. p. 6.
  2. https://news.yale.edu/1998/03/12/position-malcolm-g-chace-hockey-coach-inaugurated-yales-ingalls-rink-honor-us-hockey-foun
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