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
1964-1965 INTERNATIONAL FALLS HS BRONCOS – HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS
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
Ron Beck – UMD
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
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
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
Class of 1967 (1)
Head Coach- Larry Ross
Assistant Coach-Kevin Kennedy
Student Manager-Tom Haugland
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.