Longtime Woonsocket coach to be added to Hockey Hall of Fame

August 11, 2016

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — The longtime coach of a private school in Woonsocket is being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Normand “Bill” Belisle helped lead Mount St. Charles Academy to 26 straight titles and 32 total championships since taking over as the school’s head hockey coach in 1975.

Belisle was recently named a member of the 2016 Hall of Fame class. The date and location of the induction ceremony will be announced this month.

The 86-year-old has 990 wins over his 41 years at the school.

Belisle coached Brian Lawton, who in 1983 became the first U.S.-born player ever to be selected first overall in the NHL draft.

Belisle grew up in Lincoln. He went to Mount St. Charles, playing hockey for its 1947 state championship team and graduating in 1948.

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