Throwback Friday

Pages from an old Dartmouth College men's hockey media guide. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Pages from an old Dartmouth College men's hockey media guide. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Who’s that young pup pictured in the upper right of the above photo? Why, it’s Dartmouth College men’s hockey coach Bob Gaudet, with a full head of dark hair and not far removed from his playing days as a netminder for the Big Green.

I was digging around in a box the other day and came across a Big Green media guide from the mid-1980s. 1984-85, I think. So I took a quick photo of the pages with the coaches and staff on it. Jeff Frechette, the team’s certified athletic trainer, is still at his post today, dispensing medical treatment and wisdom in equal doses.

Scott Borek, the team’s second assistant and a former Dartmouth player whose career was cut short by injury, is now an assistant at New Hampshire. He was previously a head coach at Colby and Lake Superior State.

Gaudet and Borek provided a light touch on a staff run by head coach Brian Mason, whose grim demeanor and wildy-unsuccessful tenure mark the low water mark of the Dartmouth program. The Schenectady Gazette reported at the time of Mason’s hiring in Hanover that he had beaten out Princeton coach Jim Higgins for the job. Mike McShane, who went on to coach Providence and is now entrenched as a annual NCAA Division III title contender at Norwich (Vt.) University, withdrew his name from the hunt.

Mason went 36-108-8 during six Dartmouth seasons and in an ironic twist, went on to work for a ring company that, in part, markets such momentos to championship sports teams. An internet search led me to this page, where I believe Mason can been seen on the far left.