Len Ceglarski

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Len Ceglarski
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born June 6, 1926
East Walpole, Massachusetts
Playing career
1948–1951
1951–1952
1954–1955
Boston College
US Olympic Team
Worcester Warriors
Position(s) Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958–1972
1972–1992
Clarkson
Boston College
Head coaching record
Overall 673-339-37
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1949 NCAA National Championship
1966 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship
1966 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship
1978 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship
1980 ECAC Hockey East Region Championship
1980 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship
1981 ECAC Hockey East Region Championship
1984 ECAC Hockey East Region Championship
1985 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
1986 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
1987 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
1987 Hockey East Tournament Championship
1989 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
1990 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
1990 Hockey East Tournament Championship
1991 Hockey East Regular Season Championship
Awards
1966 Spencer Penrose Award
1973 Spencer Penrose Award
1974 Boston College Varsity Athletic Hall of Fame
1985 Hockey East Coach of the Year
1985 Spencer Penrose Award
1990 Lester Patrick Trophy
1991 Clarkson Athletic Hall of Fame
1992 US Hockey Hall of Fame
1993 National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame
1996 Hobey Baker Legend of College Hockey Award
2001 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympics
Silver 1952 Oslo

Leonard Stanley "Len" Ceglarski (born June 27, 1926) is a native of East Walpole, Massachusetts. He was an All-American left wing on Boston College's 1949 NCAA championship team, and was captain of the 1950–51 squad.[1] He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympic Games in Oslo, Norway.

Ceglarski was also known as a baseball player. While at Boston College, his .429 batting average as a senior second baseman was best in New England.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

A native of East Walpole, Massachusetts, Ceglarski taught and coached at Walpole High for four years before beginning his collegiate coaching career. He took the reins of the Golden Knights’ program from retiring Clarkson mentor Bill Harrison.[2] At Clarkson, he had various responsibilities. He was responsible not only for varsity coaching, but for the freshman team, the rink, the equipment, and the laundry, and served as his own secretary and the team’s skate sharpener.[2]

Clarkson College[edit]

Ceglarski began his coaching career at Clarkson College of Technology in 1958. When Ceglarski began his coaching career in the late 1950s, he was the fourth head coach in Clarkson’s storied tradition.[2] It took Ceglarski only four seasons to guide the Knights to their first NCAA championship game.[2] In 1962, Clarkson beat Michigan 5–4 to make hockey history by becoming the first Eastern team to defeat a Western squad in the first round of the Final Four since 1954. Clarkson would fall to Michigan Tech in the 1962 title game, closing out a 22–3–1 campaign.[2]

During the 1965–66 season, Ceglarski boasted his best Clarkson squad, winning the ECAC Tournament and once again making it to the deciding game in the NCAA tournament. The Knights defeated Denver, 4–3, before falling to the Michigan State Spartans in the title game. The club had a 24–3 record in 1965–66.[2] At the end of the season, he was awarded his first Spencer Penrose Trophy, which annually goes to the national coach of the year. He also earned the prestigious honor in 1978 and 1985.[2]

For the third time in less than 10 years, Ceglarski’s team advanced to the NCAA Championship when the Knights battled Cornell for the 1970 NCAA championship. After skating past Michigan Tech, 4–3, in the semifinals, Clarkson fell just short against the Big Red, suffering a 6–4 loss in Lake Placid. The club finished the season with a 24–8 record.[2]

He led the Golden Knights to three national championship games, compiling a 254–97–11 record. He left Clarkson in 1972 to become hockey coach at his alma mater Boston College. The vacancy left by Ceglarski would be filled by none other than Jerry York, who would also go on to coach at his alma mater, Boston College.

Boston College[edit]

When long-time Boston College coach John "Snooks" Kelley retired as the Eagles coach in 1972, Ceglarski decided to return to his alma mater.[2] While at Boston College, Ceglarski guided the Eagles to 419 victories through two decades at the Heights. Ceglarski retired in 1992 with 689 career wins. At the time, it was the most in Division I history. Currently, however, he ranks seventh on the all time list, and third all time at BC, falling short of Kelley's 486 wins. Ceglarski's vacancy would be filled by interim coach Steve Cedorchuck, but after two seasons, Jerry York would again follow Ceglarski by becoming the Eagles' head coach, and remains so today.

Coaching legacy[edit]

When Ceglarski concluded his 34-year hockey coaching career in 1992, he retired with the most victories ever amassed in the history of the game at the college level. His first win came with Clarkson’s 10–2 win at Providence on December 5, 1958.[2] His teams at Clarkson and Boston College won 673 games, lost only 339 and tied 38. Over that time, Ceglarski-coached teams had only four losing campaigns.

Serving for 14 years as the head coach of the Clarkson Golden Knights, Ceglarski compiled a .717 winning percentage, posting a 254–97–10 overall record from 1958–1972.[2] He guided Clarkson to four NCAA Tournament berths and its first ECAC Tournament title. Ceglarski’s teams finished as runners-up in the NCAA Tournament in 1961–62, 1965–66, 1969–70 and 1977-78. The first three were the only Clarkson squads to have reached the national championship game.[2] Ceglarski's '77-'78 BC squad also finished as NCAA runner-up, losing to BU in the finals.

In 34 seasons (1958–1992), he became the winningest coach in the history of college hockey with a record of 673–339–37. In 14 seasons at Clarkson, he had a record of 254–97–10 and a record of 419–242–27 in 20 seasons at Boston College. He is the first man in college hockey ever to coach 1,000 games.[1] He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974.[1]

Honors[edit]

  • Several honors have been bestowed upon Ceglarski. He was a 1974 member of the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1990, he won the Lester Patrick Trophy, an annual award presented for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Ceglarski was also inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, and was named the 1996 recipient of the Legend of College Hockey Award.[2]
  • In 1993, Len Ceglarski was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[3]
  • Ceglarski was the winner of the 1984–85 CCM / BOB KULLEN AWARD. Sponsored by CCM, the award is given in the name of the late Bob Kullen, who served as head coach of the UNH Wildcats. The award goes to the head coach who is considered to have demonstrated the highest number of significant accomplishments over the course of the season as voted by the conference’s head coaches.
  • The Len Ceglarski Award for Individual Sportsmanship was given by the league to one player who had consistently demonstrated superior conduct and sportsmanship on the ice. The directors of Hockey East established the Award in 1992.[4] Each school nominates one player and the award is then voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors and league officials. The first winner was Joe Flanagan, a senior forward from the University of New Hampshire.
  • One of Ceglarski’s former players, John T. McLennan honored his mentor by creating a $1.5 million endowment to fund the Leonard S. Ceglarski Chair at Clarkson. McLennan was offered an athletic scholarship to play hockey at Clarkson in 1964, and McLennan earned a master's degree in industrial management and went on to become president and CEO of Bell Canada before retiring in 1997. McLennan credits Ceglarski with the success he achieved in his life. The chair will fund the Clarkson men's head hockey coach position.

Playing Record[edit]

Year Team   GP G A P PIM
1950–51 Boston College 20 21 13 34 0
1951–52 U.S. Olympic Team N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1954–55 Worcester Warriors 3 0 1 1 0

College Head Coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Clarkson Golden Knights (Tri-State League) (1958-59–1960-61)
1958-59 Clarkson 10-8-1 2-3-0 t-2nd
1959-60 Clarkson 7-13-0 0-4-0 3rd
1960-61 Clarkson 14-8-0 1-3-0 3rd
Clarkson: 31-29-1 3-10-0
Clarkson Golden Knights (ECAC Hockey) (1961-62–1971-72)
1961-62 Clarkson 22-3-1 13-1-1 3rd NCAA Runner-Up
1962-63 Clarkson 20-4-2 11-2-2 2nd NCAA Consolation Game (Win)
1963-64 Clarkson 17-7-1 10-5-1 8th ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
1964-65 Clarkson 18-7-0 11-4-0 3rd ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
1965-66 Clarkson 24-3-0 11-1-0 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1966-67 Clarkson 14-8-1 8-6-1 6th ECAC Quarterfinals
1967-68 Clarkson 16-7-1 11-5-0 2nd ECAC Third Place Game (Win)
1968-69 Clarkson 19-7-2 12-5-1 4th ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
1969-70 Clarkson 24-8-0 14-3-0 2nd NCAA Runner-Up
1970-71 Clarkson 28-4-1 16-2-1 2nd ECAC Runner-Up
1971-72 Clarkson 20-10-0 12-8-0 6th ECAC Quarterfinals
Clarkson: 222-68-9 129-42-7
Boston College Eagles (ECAC Hockey) (1972-73–1983-84)
1972-73 Boston College 22-7-1 13-5-1 3rd NCAA Consolation Game (Win)
1973-74 Boston College 16-12-0 8-11-0 11th
1974-75 Boston College 11-15-2 6-12-2 12th
1975-76 Boston College 15-13-1 11-9-1 8th ECAC Quarterfinals
1976-77 Boston College 18-11-1 13-9-1 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1977-78 Boston College 24-10-0 14-9-0 5th NCAA Runner-Up
1978-79 Boston College 16-14-0 10-12-0 11th
1979-80 Boston College 25-7-1 18-3-1 1st ECAC Quarterfinals
1980-81 Boston College 20-8-3 13-6-3 2nd ECAC Quarterfinals
1981-82 Boston College 19-11-0 13-8-0 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1982-83 Boston College 15-13-2 9-10-2 11th
1983-84 Boston College 26-13-0 15-6-0 t-2nd NCAA Quarterfinals
Boston College: 227-134-11 143-100-11
Boston College Eagles (Hockey East) (1984-85–1991-92)
1984-85 Boston College 28-15-2 24-9-1 1st NCAA Consolation Game (Loss)
1985-86 Boston College 26-13-3 23-9-2 1st NCAA Quarterfinals
1986-87 Boston College 31-8-0 26-6-0 1st NCAA Quarterfinals
1987-88 Boston College 13-18-3 10-14-2 5th Hockey East Quarterfinals
1988-89 Boston College 25-11-4 16-6-4 1st NCAA Quarterfinals
1989-90 Boston College 28-13-1 15-6-0 1st NCAA Frozen Four
1990-91 Boston College 27-12-0 16-5-0 1st NCAA West Regional Quarterfinals
1991-92 Boston College 15-18-3 10-9-2 5th Hockey East Semifinals
Boston College: 193-108-16 140-64-11
Total: 673-339-37

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James Fullerton



John Kelley
Mike Sertich
Spencer Penrose Award
1965–66
Shared With
Amo Bessone

1972–73
1984–85
Succeeded by
Edward Jeremiah



Charlie Holt
Ralph Backstrom
Preceded by
Award Created
Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1984–85
Succeeded by
Jack Parker