Longtime New Canaan hockey coach Bo Hickey, who guided the Rams to FCIAC titles and state championship games, has retired, the New Canaan Advertiser reported Monday.
Hickey, 69, who also was an assistant coach for the school’s successful football team for 31 years and played professionally for the Denver Broncos, took over a 1-7 Rams hockey team at midseason in 1994 and took it to an FCIAC championship.
He stayed on for another 19 years. New Canaan won 10 FCIAC championships under his charge and reached six state championships. New Canaan never won a state title, but famously battled Notre Dame-Fairfield in a five-overtime, two day classic Division I final in 1999. The Rams lost 3-2 in the 37th minute of OT.
Hickey coached two teams to unbeaten regular-season records, in 2010-11 and 1998-99. Several Rams went on to play professionally, including Montreal Canadien forward Max Pacioretty.
“I couldn’t ask for more from the people I got it from,” he told The Advertiser. “All we did was win. I coached for 20 years and didn’t score a goal. The kids worked hard They were like sponges. I must’ve had good kids, because we won.”