Barry Thorndycraft

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Barry Thorndycraft
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Biographical details
Born (1933-10-29)October 29, 1933
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died September 22, 2005(2005-09-22) (aged 71)
Playing career
1950–1951 Winnipeg Canadiens
1951–1954 St. Boniface Canadiens
1954–1955 Cincinnati Mohawks
1955–1956 Montreal Royals
Position(s) Left Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958–1959 North Dakota (assistant)
1959–1964 North Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall 71–65–8 (.521)
Tournaments 2–0 (1.000)
Accomplishments and honors
1963 NCAA National Champion
1963 WCHA Coach of the Year

Barry Thorndycraft (October 29, 1933 – September 22, 2005) was a Canadian ice hockey player and head coach most well known for his time at North Dakota where he won a National Title in 1963.[1]


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.[2] Thorndycraft coached the team one more year before moving to Switzerland to continue his coaching career.[3]

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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) (1959–1964)
1959–60 North Dakota 19–11–2 14–7–1 3rd WCHA Finals
1960–61 North Dakota 9–19–1 7–16–0 5th
1961–62 North Dakota 9–17–0 7–11–0 5th
1962–63 North Dakota 22–7–3 11–5–1 2nd NCAA National Champion
1963–64 North Dakota 12–11–2 5–8–1 5th
North Dakota: 71–65–8 44–47–3
Total: 71–65–8

      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. ^ "North Dakota men's hockey national champions: 1962-63". UND Sports. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  2. ^ "Barry Thorndycraft Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  3. ^ "Barry Thorndycraft Obituary". Retrieved 2017-06-13.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John MacInnes
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Al Renfrew