Coach Meagher gets 300th win
At the start of the 2001-2002 men's ice hockey season, head
coach Terry Meagher was just four wins shy of his 300th career victory
The Polar Bears won their first three of the year, giving
Meagher 299, before facing off against Skidmore last Friday night. The
Bears scored on their first three shots of the game, and the win was secured
almost before Skidmore realized that the game had started.
Over the game's duration, the Polar Bears tacked nine more
goals onto that 3-0 lead, giving Coach Meagher a 12-1 victory to commemorate
his historic accomplishment.
At the conclusion of the game, senior team captains Michael
Carosi and Brian Shuman presented Meagher with a plaque in a small ceremony
that received a standing ovation from fan-filled Dayton Arena.
Since taking over as head coach of the hockey team in 1983,
Meagher has posted a record of 300 wins, 144 loses, and 24 ties, second
only to Sid Watson, the coach whom he succeeded.
In Meagher's eighteen seasons as head coach, he has taken
the Polar Bears to eight ECAC East championships. The team has won two,
in 1986 and 1993.
Meagher said that it was hard to pick one or two seasons
that have stood out over the course of his career. "Certainly the
year that we won the ECAC Championship, going over and winning in Middlebury,
and then getting to play in front of our fans on our own ice [was memorable],"
In 1986 and then again in 1989, Meagher received the Edward
Jeremiah Memorial trophy, which is awarded to the National College Division
Coach of the Year. He has also been honored by the New England Hockey
Writers' Association, which has named him the New England Coach of the
Year three times.
By becoming the second 300-win coach in the College's history
books, Meagher has put the Bowdoin hockey program into a small, elite
group of schools that have two coaches with 300 wins. The only schools
that can claim the same are Division I heavyweights Boston College, Harvard,
and Michigan State.
Meagher graduated from Boston University in 1976 and then
enrolled at Illinois State, where he earned a Master's in 1977. At BU,
he was a distinguished member of the ice hockey team that went to the
DI national championship three times.
In his senior year, Meagher was the leading scorer on the
team and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player in the ECAC tournament.
Tomorrow, Meagher's team travels up to Colby to challenge
the White Mules for the top rank in the NESCAC. Remarking on whether Saturday
would be the day of his 301st win, Meagher remarked, "Colby is really
one of the traditionally strong opponents that we face every year in the
NESCAC. It is really a special rivalry, that has to be one of the top
four in the nation, right up there with Boston College-Boston University
and Michigan-Michigan State."
Whether or not Bowdoin wins tomorrow, and regardless of
how the Polar Bears do this year, Meagher said that he would be pleased.
"One of the most special things about my time at Bowdoin is the tremendous
support that the staff, the students and members of the community have
shown for this hockey program," he said.
So, to those of you who were planning to head to the Junior-Senior Ball, ditch your dates and head to Waterville instead, and support our Polar Bears as they face off against Colby in what promises to be one of the most exciting games of the year.