October 29, 1933|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Died||September 22, 2005(aged 71)|
|1951–1954||St. Boniface Canadiens|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1958–1959||North Dakota (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1963 NCAA National Champion|
|1963 WCHA Coach of the Year|
Thorndycraft played junior and minor league hockey for several seasons in the 1950s, winning a Turner Cup with the Cincinnati Mohawks, before trying his hand at coaching. His first job behind the bench was as an assistant for North Dakota in the year they won their first national title. When head coach Bob May left the program in the offseason Thorndycraft was chosen to replace him. His first year was promising but the team had to suffer through two down seasons before breaking through with the program's second national title in 1963. Thorndycraft coached the team one more year before moving to Switzerland to continue his coaching career.
After he retired from coaching Thorndycraft went on to work for Texaco and also became a realtor. He died in the fall of 2005 after a short illness.
Head coaching record
|North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) (1959–1964)|
|1959–60||North Dakota||19–11–2||14–7–1||3rd||WCHA Finals|
|1962–63||North Dakota||22–7–3||11–5–1||2nd||NCAA National Champion|
Postseason invitational champion
- "North Dakota men's hockey national champions: 1962-63". UND Sports. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
- "Barry Thorndycraft Year-by-Year Coaching Record". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
- "Barry Thorndycraft Obituary". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| WCHA Coach of the Year