Vic Heyliger from the 1950 Michiganensian
September 26, 1912|
October 4, 2006 (aged 94)|
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|1937–1938||St. Paul Saints|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1961–1963||West Germany National Team|
|1965–1966||US National Team|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1948 NCAA National Championship|
1951 NCAA National Championship
1952 NCAA National Championship
1953 MCHL Regular Season Championship
1953 NCAA National Championship
1955 NCAA National Championship
1956 WIHL Regular Season Championship
1956 NCAA National Championship
1954 Spencer Penrose Award|
1974 US Hockey Hall of Fame
1980 University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor
1982 Hobey Baker Legend of College Hockey Award
1988 John MacInnes Award
Most NCAA ice hockey championships: (6)|
Most consecutive NCAA ice hockey championships: (3)
Most consecutive Frozen Four appearances: (10)
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, he attended the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts and as an All-American at Michigan set a school record of 116 goals. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1938 and 1944, bookending his tenure as coach at the University of Illinois from 1939–43, posting a record of 59–29–4.
Returning to Michigan as coach of the Wolverines, he led the team to six NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships in his thirteen years from 1944 to 1957: 1948 (the first NCAA title), 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956. His teams reached the Frozen Four in each of the first ten seasons it was held.
In 1954 he received the Spencer Penrose Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association as the University Division Coach of the Year. Heyliger had an overall Michigan record of 228–61–13. After coaching the U.S. national team in 1966, he coached at the United States Air Force Academy from 1966–74, where he was 85–77–3.
He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in its second class of inductees in 1974. In 1988 he was awarded the John MacInnes Award by the AHCA, an honor which recognizes those individuals who have displayed an interest in amateur hockey and youth programs, as well as fostering high graduation rates among their players.
Head coaching record
|Illinois Fighting Illini (Division I Independent) (1939–1943)|
|Michigan Wolverines (Division I Independent) (1944–1951)|
|1947-48||Michigan||20-2-1||NCAA National Champion|
|1948-49||Michigan||20-2-3||NCAA Consolation Game (Win)|
|1949-50||Michigan||23-4-0||NCAA Consolation Game (Win)|
|1950-51||Michigan||22-4-1||NCAA National Champion|
|Michigan Wolverines (MCHL) (1951–1953)|
|1951-52||Michigan||22-4-0||9-3-0||t-2nd||NCAA National Champion|
|1952-53||Michigan||17-7-0||12-4-0||t-1st||NCAA National Champion|
|Michigan Wolverines (WIHL) (1953–1957)|
|1953-54||Michigan||15-6-2||12-3-1||2nd||NCAA Consolation Game (Win)|
|1954-55||Michigan||18-5-1||13-5-0||2nd||NCAA National Champion|
|1955-56||Michigan||20-2-1||15-2-1||1st||NCAA National Champion|
|Air Force Falcons (Division I Independent) (1968–1974)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- "16 Greatest Coaches". Inside College Hockey. September 17, 2003.
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- "Michigan Wolverines Through the Years" (PDF). Michigan Wolverines. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- "2013-14 Air Force Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Spencer Penrose Award