By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth hockey family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former men’s and women’s head coach George Crowe Sunday at his home in Florida at the age of 82.
A staple of Dartmouth hockey since the 1970s, Crowe coached the Big Green men’s team from 1975 to 1984 before taking over the women’s team in 1986 through his retirement in 1998, leading the two programs for a combined 21 seasons.
“George Crowe is one of the most important people I have known in my life,” Koenig Family Head Coach of Men’s Hockey Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “He brought me to Dartmouth as a player and gave me my first job in coaching on his staff. George changed my life for the better in so many ways that I could never thank him enough for all he did for me.
“I am going to miss him tremendously, not only as my former coach and mentor, but also as one of my very good friends. My thoughts are with his family right now,” Gaudet added.
A veteran coach of nearly four decades on so many levels of hockey, Crowe served as the head coach at Albany Academy for Boys (1960-64), Oswego State University (1964-69) and Phillips Exeter Academy (1969-75) prior to his arrival at Dartmouth.
A 2004 Legends of New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Crowe was at the helm of the men’s program in Hanover during one of the most successful stretches of time in history, leading the Big Green to the Frozen Four in both 1979 and 1980. His teams also won a pair of Ivy League titles (1979, ’80) and a share of the 1980 ECAC Hockey regular-season title (Ivy Division).
At the helm of the women’s team for 12 seasons, Crowe amassed 196 wins, a figure that stood as the program record until just a few years ago. He won another four Ivy League championships with the women and earned six ECAC hockey postseason berths. Dartmouth had a winning record in each of his 12 seasons at the helm.
His 305 wins between the Dartmouth men and women trail only Eddie Jeremiah ’30 (308) and his former player and assistant Gaudet (310) for the most in the history of Big Green hockey.
No stranger to professional accolades, Crowe has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: New England Division I Coach of the Year (1976), National Collegiate Hockey Coach of the Year by The Hockey News (1980), Oswego State Hockey Hall of Fame inductee (1989), two-time ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year (1996, ’98) and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year (1998).
Additionally, Crowe was a 2001 Wearers of the Green inductee for his contributions to Dartmouth Athletics. He was also honored with the 2001 Shaeffer Penn Award for outstanding contributions to New England Collegiate Hockey and, in 2004, with the Joe Burke Award for outstanding contributions to girl’s and women’s hockey given by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Crowe was born on June 28, 1936 in Rothesay, New Brunswick, and passed peacefully surrounded by family in Florida on Sunday morning.