Ron Mason, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA hockey history and former Michigan State athletic director, has been selected to receive the Spartan Hockey 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Mason will be honored at the Hockey Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 15 at the Kellogg Center.
Mason’s 36-year coaching career, 23 seasons of which were spent as the Michigan State mentor, concluded in 2002, when he announced his retirement from coaching and assumed the leadership of the 25-sport department. Mason finished his coaching career with a record of 924-380-83. In 23 years at Michigan State, he posted a 635-270-69 mark. His career highlights include an NCAA championship in 1986 and an NAIA championship with Lake Superior State in 1972. He led MSU to 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles and guided 23 teams to the NCAA Tournament, an all-time record. In addition, he coached 35 All-Americans and 50 former Spartans who went onto to establish careers in the National Hockey League.
“Ron Mason’s name is synonymous with Michigan State hockey,” noted current MSU head coach Rick Comley. “Ron’s records and reputation speak for themselves - he is a very deserving recipient of this honor.”
“I established this award to recognize former players who played for Amo Bessone,” noted Mason. “We really have some unbelievable alumni with impressive accomplishments not only in hockey, but in life. So now, to be the recipient, it’s very special to me, and I could not have accomplished what I did without the assistance of so many people along the way. I’m very honored that they have selected me as the recipient.”
Tickets for the banquet are available for $35 and additional information can be obtained by calling the hockey office at 517-355-1639 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.