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2013-2014 Williams Men's Hockey at Frozen Fenway

 

Since its inception in 1903, Williams College men's hockey has enjoyed the support of the college and the community at large. Hockey draws some of the largest crowds of the 32 varsity sports at Williams.

Prior to 1953 Williams played hockey on a pond just below Cole Field House on the northern end of campus. In 1953 the hockey team moved to the site of the current Lansing Chapman Rink to play on an outdoor rink. Eight years later the outdoor rink was domed and a few years later the ends were enclosed. The Ephs responded to their new location by amassing a 32-7-1 record from 1960 to 1962. Coach Bill McCormick was named New England Small College Coach of the Year in 1961. Coach McCormick completed his 35-year legacy in 1989 with a 329-351-18 (.473) record.


 Alex Smigelski '10

In 2014, the Ephs returned to the outdoor rink by way of "Frozen Fenway". A head-to-head tilt between NESCAC rivals Williams and Trinity held at Boston's Fenway Park recreated the chilly conditions the Eph team were accustomed to early in the programs history. Channeling this, the Ephs came away from Fenway with a win.

Many talented student-athletes have excelled in hockey at Williams. In 1925-26 All-American senior center Harry Watkins led the Eph attack which lost only four contests all year, and all of them to nationally-ranked teams. Two Ephs have represented the U.S. in the World Championships: Dwight Shepler (1931) and Ben Langmaid (1933).

Hockey players John Jay '38 and Edson Spencer '48 are two of 32 Williams College graduates to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. Starring for the Ephs' on the 1960-62 teams was Tom Roe '63, who twice earned All-East and All-America honors. 

Dan Finn '84 backstopped the Central Region team to the silver medal at the 1982 National Sports Festival at Syracuse, NY.

Bill Kangas' term as head coach began in 1989-90. Led by All-America players Mark Yannetti '94 and Marc Siegel '96, the resurgence in the hockey program has been nationally recognized.

Since Kangas' arrival, the Williams College hockey team has progressed to where it is consistently among the very best in the east and the nation. The 1992-93 season exemplified a revitalized program as the team finished with an 18-7 record, attaining the ECAC East Semi-finals and a number-four NCAA East Ranking. Three times Kangas has had seasons with the school record 18 wins: 1993, 1998 & 1999.

The Ephs repeated their number-four NCAA East Ranking in 1993-94, compiling a 17-5-1 record and winning outright the ECAC East regular season title. The 1994-95 Ephs were 11-3-3 in the ECAC East for third place in the regular season, and 12-9-3 overall for a number six-NCAA East ranking.

Ephs at World
Ice Hockey Championships
1982
Joe Altott, Trainer
1965
Tom Roe
1933

Ben Langmaid
1931
Dwight Shefler

Goalie Marc Siegel '96 earned All-America honors three consecutive years (1993-95) and goalie Dave Haimson '00 was a First Team All-American in both 1999 and 2000. Haimson logged an impressive three consecutive shutouts in 1998 and recorded a span of 222:18 without allowing a goal. 

The streak of nine consecutive games without a loss in 2005-06 tied for the second best unbeaten streak in Eph history with the 1999-2000 and 2003-04 Ephs and two short of the Eph record of 11 that was logged in 1996-97, which featured 10 wins and a tie. The eight wins in a row in 2005-06 was one short of the Eph record for most consecutive in-season wins 9 that had been achieveded in 1961-62.

Bill Kangas was named Co-NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2006 and was a finalist for national coach of the year. During his 25 years at Williams, Kangas’ teams have compiled a 335-229-56 (.540) record. With his 330th career victory behind the Eph bench, Coach Kangas became the all time most winngest coach in Eph hockey history. 

 

My Thoughts on Men's Hockey at Williams 
by Bill Kangas

Matt Masucci '11

When speaking of men's hockey at Williams, you must include the entire athletic program which enjoys a rich tradition. Year in and year out the 32 varsity teams, encompassing about 36% of the entire student body, have achieved success without sacrificing academic excellence. The hockey team annually competes against a tough schedule and has performed very well. The fact that hockey graduates have gone on to become successful contributors and leaders in the business and professional world speaks well for the combination of academics and athletics at Williams.

It is my desire to continue recruiting outstanding young men who appreciate a strong academic/athletic challenge, and wish to improve their overall skills and physical strength for themselves and the team. From the up-tempo intensity of our practices and by competing against the best non-conference opponents, I believe these challenges will aid in enhancing a players' development and help us better prepare for post-season play.

Once you have visited our campus, toured our facilities, and associated with our student-athletes, I am sure that you will be impressed with what we have to offer. You will also learn of our students' pride and desire to become a significant part of the rich history of Williams’ athletics.

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