Ian Holm

Ian Holm

Holm’s ‘65 Huskies inducted into Hall of Fame

After 50 years, Rossland native Al Holm and the Michigan Tech Huskies have made their way into the MTU Sports Hall of Fame.

It took 50 years, but Rossland native Al Holm and his Michigan Tech Huskies’ 1964-65 NCAA Div. 1 championship hockey team have found their rightful place in the Michigan Tech University (MTU) Sports Hall of Fame.

The team was inducted last month at a gala at the MTU Hall of Fame in Houghton, Mich. and each player awarded with a commemorative team plaque, a copy of the ‘65 NCAA plaque, and a replica of their original Huskies hockey jersey from the championship team.

“It was quite an honour, because it’s 50 years since we won the NCAA, and I was captain of the team so it was a special moment for me,” said Holm who travelled to the event with his son Brent. “It was awesome playing there, but also to get an education out of it too.”

In his senior year, Holm led the Michigan Tech Huskies to the NCAA final four, beating Brown 4-0 in the semi-final and Boston College 8-2 in the final to capture Michigan Tech’s second national championship in four years.

Holm was born and raised in Rossland, playing his minor hockey in the Golden City, and was captain of the first Rossland-Trail Junior team to win a provincial championship, the year prior to his leaving for UMT.

Despite some professional offers, Holm refused to sign anything that would jeopardize his amateur status, and following in the skates of Nelson’s John Kosiancic, he eventually secured a scholarship to play hockey and study mathematics at UMT.

“They didn’t scout,” said Holm. “It mainly went through word of mouth. A local fellow told (UMT coach) John MacInnes about me, and MacInnes took a flyer on me, so that’s how I got down there.”

Holm was there for the first championship, but played on the Freshman squad with a young Pat Quinn. At the time, first year players were ineligible to play for the varsity team.

In the Huskies ‘65 run to the NCAA championship, Holm netted a pair of hat tricks to lift the Huskies over the Minnesota University Gophers in a two-game series, and advance to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) final against Dennis Hextall and first-place North Dakota, their biggest obstacle.

NDU led the WCHA standings by a half-game on the 24-5-2 Huskies. Holm was one of only two seniors on the Huskies, so the young MTU squad was decided underdogs. But for all their youth, led by the line of Holm, Gary Milroy, and Wayne Weller, the Huskies would triumph over the Fighting Sioux 6-4, with Holm netting two goals, including the winner that broke a 4-4 tie midway through the third period.

An excerpt from Houghton’s Daily Mining Gazette records Holm’s winning effort:

“Holm looked Lech (NDU goalie)  right in the eye, gave him a fancy head and shoulder fake, Lech went down like a sack of North Dakota potatoes, and Al flipped an easy score into the upper right corner of the net to give the Huskies a lead they never gave up.”

MTU travelled to Providence for the 18th NCAA championship, beating Brown 4-0 with goalie Rick Best recording the first shutout in the history of the championship. Despite the shutout, coach MacInnes went with Tony Esposito in goal in the final against Boston College, a controversial move among the Eastern sports writers but one that would pay off.

“MacInnes that year, he alternated goalies, Rick Best and Esposito, so we started Best against Brown . . . The eastern sports writers were asking who was going to start the next night, and of course it’s going to be Esposito, and they said, ‘how can MacInnes do this?’,” explained Holm. “We went Tony, and the next night we won 8-2.”

Holm returned to Trail after graduation, and worked at Cominco as a data processor for over 30 years until his retirement. He lives in Glenmerry with his wife Eileen and have two children, Michelle and Brent.

Michigan Tech would make it back to the title for three straight years, winning its third championship in 1975, but would lose to Herb Brooks and the Minnesota Gophers in ‘74 and ‘76.

Just Posted

Waneta Manor is located on Laburnum Drive in Trail. Photo: Sheri Regnier
Senior dies as Trail tenants continue wait for broken elevator to be fixed

The elevator in Waneta Manor has been out of commission since February

Area A Director Ali Grieve (right), Village of Fruitvale Mayor Steve Morissette (front), and Village of Montrose Mayor Mike Walsh (left) held a congratulatory ceremony for Beaver Valley students who are part of the Class of 2021 graduates of J. L. Crowe Secondary at Beaver Creek Park on Thursday. Photo: Jim Bailey
Beaver Valley Grads of 2021

Beaver Valley mayors, RDKB Area A director celebrate their 2021 graduates with gift ceremony

Adrian Moyls is the Selkirk College Class of 2021 valedictorian and graduate of the School of Health and Human Services. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College valedictorian proves mettle in accomplishment

Adrian Moyls is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Services

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

Selkirk College has begun its search in earnest for a leader to replace president Angus Graeme who is set to retire from his position in May 2022. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College seeks community input for president search

Current president Angus Graeme retires next year

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read