Former Michigan State hockey coach, AD Ron Mason passes away at 76

The second winningest college hockey coach of all-time and national champion at Michigan State, Ron Mason, has passed away at the age of 76. The school confirmed the news on Monday.

Mason coached for 36 years, including 23 as the Spartans’ head coach. When he retired in 2002, his 924 wins stood as the most all-time. A record that was broken by Boston College’s Jerry York in 2012.

Born in Blyth, Ontario, Mason coached at Lake Superior State and Bowling Green before becoming MSU’s leading man in 1979. Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, Mason won a national championship in 1986, won 17 CCHA regular season and tournament titles and led the Spartans to 19 total NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached two Hobey Baker Award winners in Kip Miller and Ryan Miller, as well as 35 All-Americans and 50 future NHL players.

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During his induction into the MSU Hall of Fame in 2010, Mason was asked what he was most proud of during his career.

“I think the one thing I look back on is the consistency that we were able to maintain over all those years,” Mason told the school’s web site when he was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame in 2010. “Always being in the championship hunt, always being in the NCAA hunt, always thinking we could win another league championship or another national championship. That was the tough part, the consistency, but the most rewarding part of it all.” –MLive

Mason also served as Michigan State’s athletic director following his retirement from coaching from 2002-2007, where he oversaw the building of the Spartan Stadium Tower, the Berkowitz Basketball Complex and Skandalaris Football Center.

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Ron Mason’s impact on not only the Michigan State hockey program but the athletic program cannot be understated and he will be missed by many.

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