Tom Bedecki

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Tom Bedecki
Biographical details
BornMay 4, 1929 [1]
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
DiedDecember 15, 1993(1993-12-15) (aged 64) [2]
Alma mater St. Francis Xavier University
Springfield College
Playing career
n/a St. Francis Xavier
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1958 Colorado College
1963–1965 Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall65–42–1 (.606)
Tournaments2–0 (1.000)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1957 NCAA National Champion

Thomas George Bedecki (May 4, 1929 December 15, 1993) was a Canadian ice hockey player, and college ice hockey head coach at University of Ottawa, Colorado College, and Ohio State University.

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Education

Bedecki attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he also played hockey. [3] He earned an M.A. in Education from Springfield College in 1953. [3]

Career as coach

Bedecki started his head coaching career at University of Ottawa before accepting the same position at Colorado College in June 1955. [4] At CC, Bedecki lead the Tigers to the school's second NCAA championship in 1957 with a 13–6 win over the Michigan Wolverines. [5] The 13 goals remains tied (along with the 1950 Colorado College team) for most goals scored in an NCAA championship game. Bedecki resigned abruptly following his third season in 1958. He owned a 59–28–1 record as Colorado College's head coach.

In 1963, Ohio State University established a varsity ice hockey program and chose Bedecki as its first head coach. [6] Bedecki coached the Buckeyes for two seasons compiling a 6–14–0 record before resigning in March 1965. [7]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Colorado College Tigers (WIHL)(1955–1958)
1955–56 Colorado College 17–11–010–8–03rd
1956–57 Colorado College 25–5–014–4–01st National Champion
1957–58 Colorado College 17–12–111–9–03rd
Colorado College:59–28–135–21–1
Ohio State Buckeyes (Independent)(1963–1965)
1963–64 Ohio State 2–8–0
1964–65 Ohio State 4–6–0
Ohio State:6–14–0
Total:65–42–1

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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References

  1. Tom Bedecki's PhD dissertation
  2. Tom Bedecki's obituary
  3. 1 2 "Colorado College Nugget (Yearbook)" . Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  4. AP. "Colorado Hockey Coach to Resign" . Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  5. Colorado College Sports Information. "CC Hockey History" . Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  6. dggoddard. "Puck Swami's Know Your Opponent" . Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  7. AP. "Coach to Return to Canada" . Retrieved February 28, 2013.