Several hundred alumni, current players, parents, and fans turned out to honor the legendary 1961 men’s hockey team during Alumni Hockey Weekend, January 14–16, as players celebrated the 50th anniversary of their record-setting season.
Our photographers and videographer captured many memorable moments throughout the weekend. You can see and download low-resolution photos and purchase prints or high-resolution images taken by Pam Lawson Quinn '88 and Will Costello. And you'll find historic photos of the hockey program at the Midd Alum Flickr site.
Watch the on-ice tribute video.
The celebration began on Friday evening with a pre-game reception for the 1961 team, sponsored by the Friends of Panther Hockey. Team members reconnected with old friends, in some cases for the first time in 50 years.
Team members were honored with an on-ice tribute prior to the men's hockey game against Trinity College. Each of the 1961 team players in attendance was recognized by name and walked across a red carpet to center ice to the enthusiastic applause of the fans.
“This truly was the team that set the standard for our hockey program,” announcer Dave Sears told the crowd. “Competing against much larger schools during an era when there was only one division in collegiate hockey, the ’61 Panthers finished the season with 19 wins and only 2 losses, scoring a total of 192 goals—a season scoring record that still stands today. The men who played on the ’61 team have made Middlebury proud both on and off the ice.”
The Friends of Panther Hockey then unveiled a plaque commemorating the legendary career of the team captain, number 16, Phil Latreille. Latreille is recognized as one of the greatest college hockey players of all time. The Montreal native and three-time All-American registered an NCAA-record 80 goals during the 1960–61 season to complete his Middlebury career with 250 goals and 96 assists. He still holds seven NCAA scoring marks and seven Middlebury records, including the most hat tricks in a season—16.
After the Saturday afternoon game against Wesleyan, more than 250 alumni, parents, and fans gathered in Duke Nelson Arena for a reception and dinner celebration. President Ronald D. Liebowitz greeted the crowd, followed by a dinner program emceed by former President of Panther Hockey Kim Loewer '76.
Dinner speakers included current hockey team captain Charlie Strauss '12, two-time All-American goaltender Brent Truchon '92, 1985 co-captain Chip Kenyon, and Phil Latreille '61. The formal program was followed by an open-microphone session, during which alumni shared stories, memories, and laughs. Open-microphone contributors included the Fryberger brothers (Dates '63, Jerry '61, and Bob '61), Bob Dorf '64, Hugh Marlow '57, and Middlebury Trustee Chuck Gately '62. Gately encouraged attendees to support the hockey program with gifts to the Blue & White Fund for Men's Hockey. Coach Bill Beaney brought the evening to a close with reflections on the impact of the program on players over time.