MANCHESTER, N.H.-- Al Adams, Rod Blackburn and Charlie Holt -- all of whom had ties with the University of New Hampshire hockey program -- were inducted as charter members into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon at the banquet held at the Back Room Restaurant in Manchester.
Adams, a native of Berlin, N.H., played from 1948 to 1951 and was a defenseman on the Wildcats squad. Adams recorded four goals and two assists for six points in 16 career games.
Blackburn, also a Berlin, N.H. native, was UNH's first All-American in 1961 and is one of only two goalies in the history of UNH hockey to serve as the team captain. Blackburn played three seasons for the Wildcats from 1958 to 1961. In the 1960-61 season as captain, Blackburn set the single-season record averaging 42.8 saves per game in 14 contests and stopped a career-high 60 shots on February 8, 1961 vs. Bowdoin. In his sophomore season at UNH, Blackburn posted a 14-5-0 record in his first season on the varsity squad. In his freshman season, he stopped 102 shots vs. Boston University and averaged over 60 saves per game that year. Blackburn was inducted into UNH's athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Holt, who guided the University of New Hampshire from 1968 through the 1985-86 season, is the winningest coach in UNH history with a 347-232-18 record behind the UNH bench. Along the way, his 'Cats made 14 ECAC playoff appearances and four NCAA tournament appearances, including three Frozen Four appearances (1977, 1979 and 1982). Holt, whose 412 career victories includes six seasons at Colby and places him 17th all-time among collegiate coaches, was named the Spencer T. Penrose Coach of the Year three times (1969, 1974 and 1979) and New England Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1979. He was a 1946 graduate of Dartmouth, where he was a four-year member of the hockey team and team captain his senior year. Holt, who was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 1989, also served as the Wildcat golf coach for many years. He passed away March 17, 2000.