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This builder first got involved in sports growing up in Fort Frances participating in school athletics and playing hockey in the local leagues, going on to spend over half a century involved in sports as a coach, administrator and promoter.

Playing on the defensive line for the University of North Dakota he contributed to the Fighting Sioux's 1963 NCAA Division 1 title. Asked by his UND hockey coach to be his graduate assistant, he took him up on his offer, marking the beginning of a close to 30 year career in coaching and sports administration.

Taking over the reigns as Head Coach of the Fighting Sioux in 1966, when fellow Fort Frances native Bob Peters left for Bemidji State, he took the team to the NCAA Final Four two years in a row, finishing up in the runner-up spot in 1968. His coaching talents earned him the 1967 WCHA Coach of the Year award.

After a couple of seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs he became the Head coach of the newly revived Saint Louis University Billikens. Within just three years of starting the program he led them to the top ten in the nation and to three straight CCHA tournament titles from 1974-76. During his time at Saint Louis he also amassed the most wins in NCAA Division 1 hockey from 1972-78, compiled a coaching record of 188-117-13 and earned the 1975 CCHA Coach of the Year honours.

In addition to his coaching talents, he was also instrumental in the formation of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, serving as one of the founders when it began in 1971.

In the 1980s he moved into the professional ranks as a coach with Dayton in the IHL and in NHL Central Scouting. Involved with USA Hockey as a coach and advisor he served as part of their coaching staff at the 1982 World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Following his coaching career he spent many years as a sports promoter working with Anheuser Busch as the Manager of Professional Sports/Sports Marketing for sports such as NASCAR, the NBA, NHL and USA Hockey.

His many contributions and accomplishments have been recognized through induction into both the North Dakota and St. Louis University Halls of Fame and being honoured with the 1998 John MacInnes Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2012

Bill Selman

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