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Thumbnail Sketches Of Alumni Honored On Hockey East Night

UMass Alums from the 50's, 60's, 70's and Modern Era enjoyed a reception prior to the game vs. BU.

UMass Alums from the 50's, 60's, 70's and Modern Era enjoyed a reception prior to the game vs. BU.

March 2, 2009

In celebration of Hockey East's 25th Anniversary, UMass invited back all alumni from the history of the program on Friday, Feb. 27 against Boston University. The alumni in attendance represented teams from the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and the Modern Era (1990's, 2000's) of UMass Hockey. Below are several thumbnail bios of those in attendance.

1950's Era Players
Mark Rogers served as team captain in 1950 and earned varsity letters for both the 1949 and 1950 seasons as a right wing.

Peter Landon was a letterwinner during the 1955 season helping the squad to a 6-3 record.

Ron Pozzo of Canton, Mass., was a three-year letterwinner from 1956-58 and was the team captain in 1958. He led Mass State in 1957 with 15 goals and 13 assists.

Paul Lynch was a center in 1957 and 1958. He tied Ron Pozzo for the team goals scored lead in 1957 with 15 and added nine assists. In 1958 he led the squad with 10 goals and 4 assists.

Bill McCarry, class of 1957 and a native of Springfield, joined the Varsity squad in 1954 one year after it was brought back from dormancy during the 1951-53 seasons. In 1955-56, he was one of the team's top scorers with six goals and six assists.

1960's Era Players
Dick Callahan of Milton, Mass. skated for the Redmen from 1962-1965 scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in three seasons.

Jack Braim of Hopkinton, Mass. was a two-year teammate of Callahan during the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons. He lettered in 1964-65 and scored two goals and added an assist as a senior.

Ed Polchlopek was a center for the Redmen from 1964-1967 serving as captain during the 1966-67 season. As a senior, the native of Chicopee Falls netted 12 goals and added three assists. He finished his career 2nd in goals for the program's history with 45, 4th in assists with 24 and fourth in total points 69.

Everett "Buzz" Bray of Fitchburg, Mass. skated for the varsity team in 1967-68.

 

 

Gregg Stone was a defenseman from Needham who scored 13 goals and added 18 assists in three years on the varsity team from 1966-69.

1970's Era Players
Dave Alessandroni was a defenseman from Arlington during the 1974-76 seasons. In 1973-74 he had a career high five assists in 17 games played.

Arlington's Bob Bartholomew was a defensemen from 1969-1972 and served as an assistant captain as a senior in 1971-72. He finished his career with 8 goals and 38 assists and was a pivotal member of the 1972 ECAC Division II Championship title.

Don Riley of Gloucester was a center on the 1971-73 teams and served as captain in 1973. He remains one of the top all-time leading scorers in program history has he is tied for 14th all-time with 91 career points on 35 goals and 56 assists.

Bob Shilalie was a defenseman on the 1971-73 Redmen teams. Shilalie of Auburn was an assistant captain in 1972-73 when he posted a career-high 15 assists.

Joining Shilalie on the blueline during the 1971-73 seasons was Don Lowe from Gloucester. Lowe tallied 53 assists for his career helping the Redmen to a 46-18-3 in his three years.

Pat Keenan of Weston, Ontario, was one of three All-Americans from the 1972 team and to this day he still holds the UMass career scoring record as well as the single season points and goals record. Pat notched 180 career points with 105 goals and 75 assists in just 66 career games. His 65 points and 43 goals in the 1972-73 season remain the school standards to beat to this day.

Mike Merchant, native of Framingham, was a four-year letterwinner from 1974-1977 and served as captain his senior year. Mike still ranks eighth all-time in career points with 99 on 38 goals and 61 assists. He also serves as the president of the Pond Club and helps out tremendously with generating support for the current program.

John Riley, a goalie from South Lexington, lettered for the Redmen from 1975-78 having his best season as a senior where he played in 20 games making 627 saves.

Dean Liacos was a member from 1976-1979 as a defenseman and the native of Peabody registered two goals and six assists.

Doug Limone of Boxford was a defenseman on the varsity team earning a letter during the 1977-78 season.

Bob Kohler of Wilmington lettered as a defenseman alongside Liacos in 1979.

Modern Era Players
Jay Shaw of Jamestown, R.I. was a forward for the Minutemen from 1998-2001. He was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. For his career, he scored 8 goals and added 19 assists.

RJ Gates teamed up with Shaw during the 1998-2001 seasons. The Plainville, Conn., native netted 15 goals and 20 assists during his career. He scored twice against Northeastern to become UMass second-ever Hockey East Rookie of the Week in 1997.

Lenny Walsh joins us tonight as well. Lenny was the team manager from 1999-2001.

Dominic Torretti of Ludlow played in 18 games as a defenseman for UMass in 2003-2004 after transferring from Providence.

Peter Trovato earned national recognition in 2004-05 for being a finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award after he started the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund - a college scholarship program that helps children of fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trovato was also a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar for maintaining a 3.0 GPA each of his four seasons, earned the team's Minuteman Award, and the team's Academic Award.

Special Recognition
Tom "TD" Dougherty is a 1985 grad of UMass who was actually a heavyweight wrestler, but was close friends with Steve Sullivan. Today, he is one of the major contributors to the program as he and his family have donated over $45,000 over past several years. He works alongside Mike Merchant, Steve Sullivan and Jim Harrity as the Pond Club Leadership.

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