John Mariucci

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John Mariucci (May 8, 1916 - March 23, 1987) was an American ice hockey player, administrator and coach. Mariucci was born in Eveleth, Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota where he played for both the hockey and football teams. He was named an All-American in hockey in 1940. Mariucci was inducted into the inaugural 1973 class of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1985.

Playing career[edit]

After starring for the Eveleth hockey and football teams, Mariucci would go onto college at the University of Minnesota where he would play both sports - leading his hockey squad to an undefeated AAU championship in 1940.[1] Mariucci played for the Chicago Black Hawks for five seasons and would be the team captain in 1945-46 and 1947-48. Mariucci would be known primarily as a defensive-minded bruiser, finishing with only 11 goals and 34 assists in 223 games, but would total 308 penalty minutes. He would lose three seasons to the war (1942-43 through 1944-45), but would play two seasons for the United States Coast Guard in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.[1] Mariucci's best season with the Black Hawks would come in 1946-47 when he would play in 52 of the team's 60 games and finish with 9 goals and 11 assists and his 110 penalty minutes would be second in the league to Gus Mortson.

On October 28, 1948, Chicago would trade Mariucci to the St. Louis Flyers of the American Hockey League for cash. After one season in St. Louis, on September 4, 1949, Mariucci would be traded to the Minneapolis Millers in the United States Hockey League (USHL), again for cash. He would spend the 1950-51 season with the USHL St. Paul Saints and would then return to the Millers (this time in the All-American Hockey League) for the 1951-52 season before retiring.

Mariucci's 1961 Gopher Hockey Team with Lou Nanne and Larry Smith

Coaching career[edit]

After his professional playing career ended, Mariucci became the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team. He was noted for not attempting to sign Canadian players for his hockey teams, but instead relying on home-grown talent from Minnesota. This helped to grow youth and high school hockey programs in the state of Minnesota. He was coach at the university from the 1952–53 season until the 1965–66 season, except for the 1955–56 season in which he was the head coach of the US Olympic team that won a silver medal. Mariucci's best Gopher team would come in 1954-55 when Minnesota would advance all the way to the NCAA finals before losing to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 5-4 in overtime.

In 1967, he was named the assistant to general manager for the Minnesota North Stars with Glen Sonmor becoming the Gophers' coach. He eventually would work for Lou Nanne, one of his Gopher Hockey players, and held the position with the North Stars until his death in 1987. He returned to the international scene as the head coach of the United States team at the 1976 and 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships. He was involved in a bizarre confrontation with Nanne during the 1977[2] championships. After loudly criticising Nanne during the game against the Soviet Union, Nanne responded by charging his coach, which led to a fist fight while the game continued. After the game finished, the fight continued until both men were separated by players and officials.[3]

The University of Minnesota honored him by first renaming the hockey arena in Williams Arena after him and later when a new hockey arena was opened in 1993, the school transferred his name to that one as well, Mariucci Arena. In 1983, the John Mariucci Award, began to be awarded to the Minnesota High school coach of the year, as selected by the state's hockey coaches. Mariucci is immortalized as the "Godfather of Minnesota Hockey".[1]

Career statistics[edit]

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1938-39  U. of Minnesota             NCAA    0    0    0    0    0
1940-41  Providence Reds             AHL    17    3    3    6   15
1940-41  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    24    0    5    5   33   5   0   2   2  16
1941-42  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    46    5    8   13   64   3   0   0   0   0
1942-43  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters    EHL     0    0    0    0    0
1943-44  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters    EHL     0    0    0    0    0
1945-46  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    50    3    8   11   58   4   0   1   1  10
1946-47  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    52    2    9   11  110  --  --  --  --  --
1947-48  Chicago Black Hawks         NHL    51    1    4    5   63  --  --  --  --  --
1948-49  St. Louis Flyers            AHL    68   12   30   42   74   7   0   1   1  12
1949-50  Minneapolis Millers         USHL   67    8   24   32   87   7   0   2   2  23
1950-51  St. Paul Saints             USHL   59    2   28   30   85   4   0   0   0   0
1951-52  Minneapolis Millers         AAHL   39   18   31   49   45
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         NHL Totals                        223   11   34   45  328  12   0   3   3  26

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "USA Hockey". USA Hockey. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  2. ^ http://northstarslegends.blogspot.de/2011/03/lou-nanne.html
  3. ^ Stamp, Phil. "The Unusual - funny or strange hockey anecdotes". A-ZHockey.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Clint Smith
Chicago Black Hawks captain
1945–46
Succeeded by
Red Hamill
Preceded by
Red Hamill
Chicago Black Hawks captain
1947–48
Succeeded by
Gaye Stewart
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Cheddy Thompson
Spencer Penrose Award
1952–53
Succeeded by
Vic Heyliger