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owslachief
06-13-2016, 09:01 AM
Ron Mason article in Michigan Hockey Magazine

http://mihockeynow.com/2016/06/legendary-college-hockey-coach-ron-mason-passes-away/

BGFan
06-13-2016, 09:08 AM
:(

John J. MacInnes
06-13-2016, 09:17 AM
Overnight heart attack, per longtime hockey writer Neil Koepke. Out of nowhere, wow. What an absolute titan of the sport.

joecct
06-13-2016, 09:24 AM
The man had one heck of a coaching tree.

aallenpollreisz
06-13-2016, 09:43 AM
I felt honored to shake his hand the few times I had the opportunity.

I'm pretty heartbroken right now. his handprints are all over that MSU program. Heck, his handprints are all over MSU in general. I would guess the story is the same at BGSU and LSSU, too.

He was a good man and a great Spartan.

davyd83
06-13-2016, 11:20 AM
A terrific coach and now a true ambassador of our sport. He really was a class act and a difference maker in the sport.

Decatur Spartan
06-13-2016, 11:36 AM
Sad and shocked.

I am a amateur Civil War historian, and something Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson said has always stayed with me.
After Second Manassas, someone asked him "Gen. how can you be so calm in the midst of battle, with these rounds and shells all around you?" And Stonewall replied, "I do not worry about that. God has already determined the time of my death. I have just to be prepared for it."

Words to try and live by.

Ivan Lennon
06-13-2016, 12:55 PM
Not only a great coach but a leader on those great SLU teams of the early 1960's w/ All America Arlie Parker - NCAA finalists and ECAC champs

alfablue
06-13-2016, 01:23 PM
One of the best, for sure. Bummer.

ticapnews
06-13-2016, 02:00 PM
Ron Mason was a giant among men. I knew his family, but only met him once, on a very stressful day as our teams faced off at the NCAA Quarterfinals in Providence in 1992. Despite the events of the day, he was very generous with his time and attention. The college hockey world lost a legend today, but my thoughts are with Tracey, Tyler and Travis and the rest of his family who lost so much more. My heartfelt condolences on his passing, and I hope they are able to remember all the good times they shared with him and are comforted knowing how much he loved them.

BadgerAlum@WMU
06-13-2016, 03:47 PM
Ron Mason was and is a legend in college hockey.

My condolences to all he touched.

gfmorris
06-13-2016, 03:50 PM
I'm pretty heartbroken right now. his handprints are all over that MSU program. Heck, his handprints are all over MSU in general. I would guess the story is the same at BGSU and LSSU, too.

UAH, too: our first three varsity coaches were Mason men: Doug Ross (BG), Danton Cole (MSU), and Chris Luongo (MSU). This is a sad day.

GFM

bravohankins
06-13-2016, 04:30 PM
My father was good friends with Jim Ruehl and Ron Mason in the 70's at BGSU. I was an 8 year old kid that got to hang out before games at the BGSU Ice Arena when stars such as Ken Morrow and Mark Wells were there. I would hang out by the back door of the rink where the players and coaches would come in before the games. Coach Mason would always ask me how I was doing, how I liked last nights game, give me a puck etc....just a super nice man. I was so devastated when he left for MSU. The first time MSU came to play at BG in 1981 he saw me, walked over, took an MSU puck out of his pocket and said to add it to my collection, just a real nice guy.

Still have those pucks in a box somewhere.........

uaafanblog
06-13-2016, 04:36 PM
All condolences to those who were close to him and impacted by his life.

UMICH
06-13-2016, 04:38 PM
My condolences, Mason greatly impacted the sport.

Bill
06-13-2016, 05:07 PM
Not only a great coach but a leader on those great SLU teams of the early 1960's w/ All America Arlie Parker - NCAA finalists and ECAC champsYeah, a lot of people probably don't realize that in addition to being a great coach, he was an excellent college hockey player. He was a real sniper.

Slap Shot
06-13-2016, 05:56 PM
Wow what a sad day. While Ron Mason may not be known world-wide like Ali, Prince and Gordie, the world has lost some titans in their respective milieus this year and you can add Ron Mason to the list. Condolences to all those touched by his passing. :(

WeAreNDHockey
06-13-2016, 06:00 PM
I felt honored to shake his hand the few times I had the opportunity.

I'm pretty heartbroken right now. his handprints are all over that MSU program. Heck, his handprints are all over MSU in general. I would guess the story is the same at BGSU and LSSU, too.

He was a good man and a great Spartan.

His handprints don't stop at the borders of East Lansing. They are all over college hockey everywhere. This is surprising and sad.

Decatur Spartan
06-13-2016, 09:13 PM
Still in disbelief.........

Spartanforlife4
06-14-2016, 12:45 AM
He turned hockey into the hottest ticket in town at a Big Ten school.

Walking into Munn on Friday and Saturday nights, there was an aura about the place, and you'd be truly stunned to walk out of there with an Spartan L.

He wasn't half bad as AD either, hiring Dantonio.