March 26, 2010

FORMER MEN'S HOCKEY COACH CHARLIE HOLT NAMED 2010 HOBEY BAKER LEGEND OF HOCKEY

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Select Biographical information courtesy Rob Cutting (‘03)
Charlie Holt: An Appreciation

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation is very pleased to announce its 2010 Legend of Hockeyrecipient is Charlie Holt from the University of New Hampshire. He left an indelible impression on the hockey world and though he never considered himself to be great, those he came in contact with certainly did.

Charlie is best remembered as a player, coach and innovator of the game of hockey. He was a student of the game - some would say he was a visionary, utilizing strategies that had his UNH teams ahead of their time. Charlie would brush away complements about his coaching prowess because of his humility and his knowledge that it was just as important to be a husband, father and friend.

Charlie's collegiate coaching career began in 1962 with a six-year stint guiding Colby College in Maine. Holt then made the move to Durham, NH in 1968 guiding the Univ. of New Hampshire to a 22-win season, the first of his eleven 20-win seasons. Known for his trademark fedora, Holt posted 347 career wins at UNH in his 18-year tenure behind the Wildcat bench, second only to current head coach Dick Umile, one of several of Holt's former players who later joined the coaching ranks at the collegiate and pro levels.

Along the way, Holt earned 412 total college hockey victories ranking him 20th all time. He made the ECAC playoffs 14 times, the NCAA playoffs four times, including Frozen Four appearances three times ('77, '79, '82). Charlie was recognized by his peers with the Spencer Penrose Award as college hockey's top coach on three occasions: 1969, 1974 and 1979. He also was an Assistant Coach with the gold medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 before passing away in March of 2000.

Charlie Holt will be honored along with this year's Hobey Baker Award winner at the Hobey Baker Award banquet May 6, 2010 in St. Paul, Minn. Banquet tickets are available by visiting the Hobey website at hobeybaker.com. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award annually honors college hockey's top player and the 2010 recipient will be announced Friday, April 9 during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in Detroit, Mich., and will be televised live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET.

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