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Former AD and Michigan State Hockey Legend Ron Mason Passes Away at 76

Mason served as coach for 23 years and AD for 6.

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Ron Mason passed away last night, June 13th, at the age of 76.

Coach Mason was the head coach of the MSU Hockey for 23 years (1979-2002) posting a record of 635-270-69. He had an overall record of 924-380-83 which puts him second on the college hockey coaching wins list.

After a career behind the bench which included 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles, coaching 23 teams to the NCAA Tournament and a national title in 1986, Mason served as the Athletic Director for Michigan State from 2002-07.

According to MSU Athletics:

Mason was also inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1994), Lake Superior Sports Hall of Fame (1996), St. Lawrence University Sports Hall of Fame (1999), Bowling Green Athletics Hall of Fame (2009) and Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame (2010). In addition, the American Hockey Coaches Association honored him with the John MacInnes Award for his outstanding contributions to hockey in the spring of 2003, and he received the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation's 2004 "Legend of Hockey" in April 2004.