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Throwback Thursday: Big Red Hockey Wins 7th ECAC Title

On March 15th, 1986 in the Boston Garden arena, the Cornell men’s ice hockey team defeated Clarkson by a score of 3-2 to gain the ECAC champion title. Not only did the team gain a championship title, it also qualified for the quarter-finals of the NCAA Championship Tournament. This was the seventh ECAC title in Cornell history, but by no means was it an easy game. The game went into overtime and ended when center Chris Greiner scored eight minutes and 23 seconds into overtime. However, the true MVP of the entire tournament was Cornell goalie Doug Dadswell, who set a new ECAC record by blocking 57 shots on goal. This gave him the Cornell record of most blocked shots in a season with 893 goals prevented.

During his first season at Cornell, Doug Dadswell posted a record of 17-10-1 from playing in 28 games, and then bested himself by having a 20-7-2 record when playing 30 games in the next season. Dadswell’s performance in this tournament did not go unnoticed. After playing for the Big Red for only two seasons, he signed with the Calgary Flames. The Ontario native played for the Moncton Golden Flames in the AHL for most of the next year, but played two games in Calgary during the 1986-87 season. In the following season, he was the backup goalie to Mike Vernon for the Flames and appeared in 25 more games. During the season, he had an impressive record of 8-7-2. In his time on both teams, Dadswell had a save percentage of roughly 85 percent. After his stint in the NHL he played for various minor league teams until he announced his retirement from professional hockey in 1993. His performance earned him an induction into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.


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