15 of Bill Belisle’s Career Accomplishments

Thursday, August 09, 2018

 

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Bill Belisle has won 32 State Championships at Mount

Legendary Mount Saint Charles hockey coach Bill Belisle is turning over the program to the incoming coaching staff of Matt Plante, Devin Rask and Scott Gainey beginning this fall, ending a 43-year run. 

In his career, Belisle has won 32 state championships, including a run of 26 straight from 1978 to 2003. He has also seen two of his players drafted number one overall by the NHL, while sending more than 20 players to the NHL in total. 

He is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and in September, he will be inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame. 

GoLocalProv looks back at some of Belisle's biggest accomplishments. 

See the Slideshow Below

 

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2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee 

Belisle was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 31, 2016.

He was inducted alongside Craig Janney and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Team  

See His Speech Below: 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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26 Straight State Championships 

After losing the State Championship to La Salle in 1977, Mount would go on a historic run. 

From 1978 to 2003, Mount would win the State Championship every year for a total of 26 straight titles. 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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32 Total State Championships 

Since being named head coach of the Mounties in 1975, Belisle has led the program to 32 total State Championships in 43 seasons. 

His last title came in 2014, capping off a run of six championships in seven years. 

 

PHOTO: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame 

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Over 1,000 Career Wins 

On Friday, February 3, 2018, Mount Saint Charles defeated Smithfield 9-2 to give Belisle the 1,000th win of his career. 

The mark is the most wins ever by any high school hockey coach in the country.

He entered the season with 990 career wins. 

In the game, six different players scored including Belisle’s grandson, James Belisle.

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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Mount Ranked #1 in Country 

During Mount's run of 26 straight State Championships, Belisle's teams were ranked #1 in the country a total of nine different times. 

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Mount Saint Charles Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee 

Not surprisingly, Belisle was inducted into the Mount Saint Charles Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Players that Belisle coached, who are also in the Mount Hall of Fame, include: Garth Snow, Mathieu Schnieder, Brian Lawton, Keith Carney, Brian Bouche, Bryan Berard, Jeff Jillson, the 1977-78 Boys Hockey Team, Dave Capuano, 

 

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Two First Overall NHL Draft Picks 

Two of Belisle's players were drafted number one overall in the NHL. 

Brian Lawton was the first ever American to be picked #1 overall in 1983. 

Twelve years later, Bryan Berard was selected first overall in 1995. 

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Over 20 Players Sent to NHL 

In his career, Belisle has sent more than 20 players to the NHL including 2015 U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mathieu Schneider, Brian Boucher, Keith Carney and others. 

 

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National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Famer

In 2000, Belisle was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame. 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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2018 RI Hockey Hall of Famer 

Belisle will be inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class on September 20, 2018. 

Other members of the class include Bryan Berard, Ron Wilson, Cammi Granato, Brian Lawton and more. 

The only question now is how many more Halls of Fame can tap Belisle.

 

PHOTO: USA Hockey

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Returned to Coach Following Accident 

While Mount was going for their sixth straight state Championship in 1983, Belisle fell on the ice during practice and fractured his skull.

The injury left him in a coma. 

After a year-long recovery process, Belisle returned to Mount to continue his winning ways. 

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Won State Championship at Mount as Player 

Before he became the coach, Belisle played at Mount and helped the team win the State Championship in 1947. 

 

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Nearly 600 Home Wins 

During Belisle's career, the team almost never lost a home game. 

Belisle has nearly 600 home wins and just over 70 home losses. 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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Winning Percentage of Over .800 

With more than 1,000 wins and less than 200 losses, Belisle leaves the coaching ranks with a winning percentage of .818. 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

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Will be Named Coach Emeritus

Despite new leadership taking over the hockey program, Belisle will stay with the program as a coach emeritus. 

His son and coaching partner David will also remain in the program in a role yet to be determined by the new co-directors. 

 

PHOTO: Mount Hockey Twitter

 
 

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