Former Providence player, Hamline assistant O’Connor to get USA Hockey Builders Award

Bob O’Connor will be honored with the USA Hockey Builders Award as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner on Dec. 4 in Minneapolis.

“Bob has had an enormous impact in the on-going development of our coaching education program,” said USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio in a news release. “He continues to be remarkably passionate about education and is always willing to share and transfer his knowledge for the betterment of coaches, players and all involved in the game. The USA Hockey Builders Award is one of our organization’s highest honors and we look forward to presenting it to Bob in Minneapolis.”

O’Connor played at Providence and later spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hamline.

He was also an assistant coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and was an assistant coach for the 1991 and 1992 U.S. National Junior Teams, as well as either a head or assistant coach for seven U.S. Select teams.