Remembering Ron Mason: College hockey mourns the loss of the coaching icon

Ron Mason, second on the all-time college hockey coaching wins list, passed away at age 76. We’re collecting memories of and tributes to the former Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach.

A video tribute from Michigan State:

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Rick Comley, who played for Mason at Lake Superior State and succeeded Mason as coach at Michigan State, spoke with WVFN-AM 730 in Lansing, Mich., on Monday morning:

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From a Michigan State release:

“Coach Mason defined what it means to be a Spartan. His relentless quest for excellence on and off the rink made everyone around him better. He truly created a Spartan hockey family in which the focus was on collective success rather than worrying about who received credit. That drive translated into great accomplishments on the ice and in life for all those fortunate enough to work with or play for him.” — Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon

“I first met Ron when I was a student here in the early 80s. I admired him as a coach and leader at that time and developed great respect for his commitment to success and student-athletes. Having the opportunity to work for Ron in my transition to the athletics director’s chair was invaluable. He was a great person and a great friend.” — ,” Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis

“It’s truly a sad day for the hockey world. Not only was Ron a legendary figure at Michigan State, but his contributions to college hockey were remarkable. I loved learning from his competitive spirit and his relentless commitment to excellence. Being a part of the championship teams he created here at MSU was truly special and something I’ll have forever. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Marion, his daughters, Cindy and Tracey, and all of his family.” — Spartans coach Tom Anastos













In 2012, USCHO’s Matt Mackinder talked with Mason for our Checking In series. Read that interview here.

Mason was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. Here’s the introduction that played at the ceremony.

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