Legendary Michigan State Hockey coach passed away on Monday morning at the age of 76.
It’s been an extremely rough couple of weeks when it comes to death in our own backyard. Famed boxer, also known as The Greatest, Muhammad Ali passed away, MMA fighter Kimbo Slice died, Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe left us and there was a potential terrorist act in Orlando at Pulse Nightclub.
Now, legendary Michigan State Hockey coach and former athletic director Ron Mason has passed away at the age of 76. Just last week, he was talking about the passing of Gordie Howe on The Drive with Jack Ebling:
Mason will be remembered as the top hockey coach in Michigan State history and was even inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December of 2013. He recorded 635 career wins while in East Lansing and 924 total between MSU, Bowling Green and Lake Superior State — that was good for most in NCAA ice hockey history until Jerry York of Boston College passed that mark in 2012.
The Spartan legend coached Michigan State from 1980-2002 and will be remembered for putting MSU on the map with a national title in 1985-86. He also led the Spartans to a Frozen Four five times during his tenure and was CCHA conference champ seven times.
You can’t forget the fact that he also hired Mark Dantonio to lead the football program as the school’s athletic director in 2007, a major reason as to why the Spartans are a perennial power on the gridiron.
Mason was born in Ontario, Canada, and passed away Monday in Haslett, Mich. This is just another case of a sports legend gone far too soon and he will be missed by many.