VJW Coach Stu Irving Featured in USA Hockey Magazine
The latest issue of USA Hockey Magazine features the VJW's own Stu Irving on the pages of its "Where Are They Now" section. Irving, who is enjoying his second year at the helm of the Junior B team, is a former Merrimack College assistant and a Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. His storied career is hard to match, but this latest USA Hockey Magazine article focuses on his journey to the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan where he helped the U.S. to a silver medal.
Here is a copy of that article that appeared on the pages of the November 2008 issue of USA Hockey Magazine.
Stu Irving 1972 U.S. Olympian One of the most colorful stories among the great cast of characters on the U.S. squad that won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan was Stu Irving, who was plucked from the jungles of Vietnam to play for his country.
Soon after helping the U.S. to a silver medal, Irving signed a contract with the Minnesota North Stars. He played 11 years before retiring in 1982 and embarking on a long coaching career.
For 20 years, Irving served as an assistant coach at Merrimack College where he was part of a program that captured three straight ECAC East crowns.
In 2007, he took over the reins of the Valley Jr. Warriors Junior B team of the Empire Hockey League.
“What I give to the Jr. players, is the insight of knowing what it takes to make it to a college program,” said Irving. “This is my second year in the Jr. program. I’m having fun watching these younger kids develop.”