Vic Heyliger from the 1950 Michiganensian
September 26, 1912
|Died||October 4, 2006|
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Occupation||former ice hockey coach|
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, he attended the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts and as an All-American at Michigan set a school record of 116 goals. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1938 and 1944, bookending his tenure as coach at the University of Illinois from 1939–43, posting a record of 59–29–4.
Returning to Michigan as coach of the Wolverines, he led the team to six NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships in his thirteen years from 1944 to 1957: 1948 (the first NCAA title), 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956. His teams reached the Frozen Four in each of the first ten seasons it was held.
In 1954 he received the Spencer Penrose Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association as the University Division Coach of the Year. Heyliger had an overall Michigan record of 228–61–13. After coaching the U.S. national team in 1966, he coached at the United States Air Force Academy from 1966–74, where he was 85–77–3.
He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in its second class of inductees in 1974. In 1988 he was awarded the John MacInnes Award by the AHCA, an honor which recognizes those individuals who have displayed an interest in amateur hockey and youth programs, as well as fostering high graduation rates among their players.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Vic Heyliger. HockeyDB.com.
- Vic Heyliger. Hockey-Reference.com.
- Charles Bartlett. "HEYLIGER SEES BIG FUTURE FOR COLLEGE HOCKEY: Illini Coach Says It May Rival Golf", December 5, 1941.
- Vic Heyliger. Legends of Hockey.
- 16 Greatest Coaches. Inside College Hockey (September 17, 2003).
- Legendary Michigan Coach Vic Heyliger Dies: Led Wolverines To Six NCAA Titles, Was First Air Force Varsity Coach. USCHO.
- "Vic Heyliger, former national hockey team coach, dies at 87", Associated Press Archive, October 4, 2006.
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