Tom Bedecki

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Tom Bedecki
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Playing career
St. Francis Xavier University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Colorado College
Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall 65–42–1 (.606)

Thomas R. "Tom" Bedecki is a Canadian former ice hockey player, and college ice hockey head coach at University of Ottawa, Colorado College, and Ohio State University.


Tom Bedecki attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he also played hockey.[1] He earned an M.A. in Education from Springfield College in 1953.[1]

Career as coach[edit]

Bedecki started his head coaching career at University of Ottawa before accepting the same position at Colorado College in June 1955.[2] At CC, Bedecki lead the Tigers to the school's second NCAA championship in 1957 with a 13–6 win over the Michigan Wolverines.[3] The 13 goals remains tied (along with the 1950 Colorado College team) for most goals scored in a NCAA championship game. Bedecki resigned abruptly following his third season in 1958. He owned a 59–28–1 record as Colorado College's head coach.

In 1963, Ohio State University established a varsity ice hockey program and chose Bedecki as its first head coach.[4] Bedecki coached the Buckeyes for two seasons compiling a 6–14–0 record before resigning in March 1965.[5]

Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Colorado College (WIHL) (1955–56–1957–58)
1955–56 Colorado College 17–11–0 10–8–0 3rd
1956–57 Colorado College 25–5–0 14–4–0 1st NCAA Champion
1957–58 Colorado College 17–12–1 11–9–0 3rd
Colorado College: 59–28–1 35–21–1
Ohio State University (Independent) (1963–64–1964–65)
1963–64 Ohio State 2–8–0
1964–65 Ohio State 4–6–0
Ohio State: 6–14–0
Total: 65–42–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  1. ^ a b "Colorado College Nugget (Yearbook)". Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ AP. "Colorado Hockey Coach to Resign". Retrieved 1958-02-28.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Colorado College Sports Information. "CC Hockey History". Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  4. ^ dggoddard. "Puck Swami's Know Your Opponent". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  5. ^ AP. "Coach to Return to Canada". Retrieved 1965-03-05.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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