Tech to Recognize 1961-62 Championship Hockey Team on 50th Anniversary

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech athletics welcomes back members of the 1961-62 men's ice hockey team this week for a 50th anniversary celebration of its national championship. A total of 17 former players as well as an assistant coach and a manager will be on campus.

The 61-62 squad will be the first team to be inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Along with that ceremony Friday night, team members will take part in several other reunion activities.

Friday morning at Dee Stadium, fans are invited to come meet team members and socialize for an hour starting at 11 a.m.

Other chances for the public to see members of Tech's first national championship team will be at halftime of the football game 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) and during a ceremonial puck drop prior to the hockey game that night at 7.

Expected to be back on campus from the team are: Gerald Sullivan (team captain), Louis Angotti, Don Hermanson, Phil McVittie, Albert Merlo, Mike Draper, Pat Casey, Gary Begg, Bob Pallante, Barry Johnson, John Ivanitz, Allan Patterson, Scott Watson, Norman Wimmer, Gene Rebellato, Robert Mikesch, Gary MacLellan, Tom Bliss (manager) and Bill Lucier (assistant coach).