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Dartmouth roundup: Former men’s hockey captain, coach Abner Oakes dies

  • Abner Oakes is recognized at the Dartmouth College men's hockey program's 100th anniversary banquet in 2006. Oakes, a 1956 Dartmouth graduate who later coached the Big Green, died on May 29 at the age of 87. Dartmouth College photograph—

Staff Reports
Published: 6/4/2021 7:51:51 PM
Modified: 6/4/2021 7:51:47 PM

HANOVER — Abner Oakes, a captain on the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team who later became the Big Green’s coach, has died.

Oakes passed away at his home in Hamden, Conn., on May 29 at the age of 87. A Montreal native who grew up in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, Oakes captained Dartmouth as a senior in 1955-56 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the legendary Eddie Jeremiah in 1960 following a stint in the Navy.

Oakes ascended to head coach upon Jeremiah’s retirement in 1967. He stayed on through 1970, recording a 35-55-2 record. He also served as interim head coach in 1963-64 with Jeremiah away with the U.S. Olympic Team, guiding Dartmouth to an Ivy League championship.

“Coach Oakes was always really supportive of me during my time at Dartmouth,” former Big Green coach Bob Gaudet said in a news release. “I looked up to him as a coach and as a person. His association with Coach Jeremiah was really special and something I always admired.”

Oakes remained in the Naval Reserves until 1988, retiring as a commander. He was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame in 2010.

Whitmore entering Maine hoops hall

HANOVER — Dartmouth executive associate athletic director Richard Whitmore will join 16 other individuals and one high school team as inductees into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame later this summer.

Whitmore was known for his accuracy from distance during his Waterville High School days, netting all-conference mention in all four of his seasons there. He went on to Brown University, where he led the Bears in assists and 3-point shooting as a sophomore before sustaining a knee injury as a junior that ended his career.

Whitmore coached basketball at Daniel Webster and Kenyon before entering athletics administration; he has been at Dartmouth for 13 years. He’ll be inducted in an Aug. 22 ceremony in Bangor, Maine.

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