Herb Wakabayashi

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Osamu "Herb" Wakabayashi (born December 23, 1944 in Neys, Ontario) moved to Chatham, Ontario, where he excelled at both hockey and baseball.[1] In 1964 Herb entered Boston University where he played freshman hockey. In his sophomore year, he moved up to varsity where he set a Boston University and ECAC record for assists in a season with 51. In the same year he was named the most valuable player of The Beanpot.

The following year his accolades continued when he was named to the All America, All East and All New England first teams, as well as the Most Valuable Player on his team and Athlete of the Year of the University. As a senior he again received All American and All New England honors. He finished his illustrious career with the most assists in Terrier history with 90 and second all time scorer with 145 points. Also in his senior year he played baseball where he hit .367 leading the Terriers to the regional finals of the ECAC playoffs.

In 1972 Herb and his brother Mel moved to Japan where they represented the Japanese National Hockey team. He played in 3 Olympics, including the 1980 games at Lake Placid.[1][2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Second Team 1967
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1967–68
AHCA East All-American 1967–68
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Second Team 1968
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1968–69
AHCA East All-American 1968–69
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team 1969


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kent Parrot
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Mike Hyndman