Minnesota Hockey Magazine

64-65 Bronco Stats and Highlights Impressive

Several State Tournament records still stand for a Bronco team powered by 13 Div I players! Was there a better team? Weigh in on our Facebook Page and let the debate begin!

Information provided by Tony Curran, Bronco Class of 1965.

Coach Larry Ross with from left: Tim Sheehy, Peter Fichuk and Gary Wood

Coach Larry Ross with from left: Tim Sheehy, Peter Fichuk and Gary Wood

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1964-1965 INTERNATIONAL FALLS HS BRONCOS – HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS

Record 27-0

General:

1.) Undefeated season, 27-0.

2.) Team Game Statistics (12 Minute Periods/36 Minute Games):
Goals Scored- 215 (7.96/Game)
Goals Against- 41 (1.52/Game)
Differential (Goals For-Goals Against)- 174 (6.44/Game)
Note: Both the Goals per Game and Differential Goals are Falls High School Records

3.) 13 D-1 scholarship athletes on the 1965 team:

Forwards (8):                              Defensemen (4):
Pete Fichuk – Minnesota              Gary Wood – UMD
Keith Bolin – Minnesota                Brian Glennie – MSU
Tony Curran – West Point           Steve Ross – Minnesota
Tim Sheehy – Boston College      Ron Weum – UMD
Dan Mahle – UMD
Pete Hegg – UMD
Buzzy Christensen – UND
John Matthews – UND

Goalie (1):
Ron Beck – UMD

State Tournament:

1.) 1965 State Championship Game
Int’l Falls – 7
Bloomington – 0
Note: A Championship Game Margin of Victory (7 Goals) is still a Record

2.) 1965 All-Tournament Team (5) – Beck, Curran, Fichuk, Sheehy and Wood
Note: Tied for State Tournament Record

Individual:

1.) Forward Tim Sheehy – Has been chosen in several polls to be one of the top four or five players in state history. He was inducted in the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 after stellar Collegiate, Olympic and Professional careers.
2.) Goalie Ron Beck never lost or tied a game from 1964-1966.
3.) Three members (Gary Wood-87, Pete Fichuk-36, and Tim Sheehy-4) were on Minnesota’s top 100 Greatest High School Hockey Players of All Time sponsored by “The Star Tribune Hockey Hub” (MN Boys HS Hockey) in 2011.
4.) Gary Wood – First ever Minnesotan to be chosen in the 1967 entry draft by the Oakland Golden Seals (California).

5.) Coached by the legendary Larry Ross :
All-American – Minnesota
US Hockey Hall of Fame 1988

Team Members:

Players:

Class of 1965 (7)                  Class of 1966 (10)
Keith Bolin                             Ron Beck
Pete Cronkhite                      Buzzy Christensen
Tony Curran                         Pete Hegg
Pete Fichuk                           Dan Mahle
Brian Glennie                         John Matthews
Marshall Sether                     Bob Patnaude
Gary Wood                           Mike Peterson
Steve Ross
Tim Sheehy
Ron Weum
Class of 1967 (1)
Rennie Calder

 

Staff:

Head Coach- Larry Ross
Assistant Coach-Kevin Kennedy
Student Manager-Tom Haugland
Statistician-Bill Maruk

This was truly one very special hockey team! It has been identified as not only the BEST Bronco Hockey team but also the BEST in the history of Minnesota HS Hockey.

  • Pete Zebich

    They were a great team. Ely arguably had the 2nd best team that year but being in the same district never made it to state. Ely and IF had memorable games that year.