Legendary Boston College hockey coach and player Len Ceglarski, winner of 419 games as coach at The Heights and a member of the 1949 national championship team, died Saturday morning. He was 91 years old.
Ceglarski is the ninth-winningest coach in NCAA college hockey history, having amassed a career record of 673-339-38.
The East Walpole native started his coaching career at Clarkson University in 1958 before taking over for his alma mater in 1972. In 14 seasons at Clarkson, Ceglarski finished with a 254-97-10 record and guided the Golden Knights to four NCAA Tournament berths and their first ECAC Tournament title. Ceglarski also guided Clarkson to three national championship games, in 1962, 1966, and 1970.
Ceglarski assumed the Eagles’ head coaching position at the start of the 1972-73 season, taking over for John “Snooks” Kelley. Ceglarski went on to post a record of 419-272-27 in 20 seasons as coach at Boston College.
Ceglarski led his BC teams to eight NCAA Frozen Fours, four NCAA title games, six Hockey East regular-season championships (in eight years), and two Hockey East Tournament titles.