Mr. Ice--Not Nice--Guy

Bill Hanson has won 500 games by keeping his edge
January 15, 2007

CATHOLICMEMORIAL
West Roxbury, Mass.

PEOPLE HAVE toldBill Hanson, the fiery coach of Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, Mass., thathe reminds them of Bobby Knight, and not just because both win. "I'm kindof high-spirited," Hanson says, "but I'm working on channeling it in apositive direction."

Hanson, 57, saysthis with a twinkle in his eye. With 503 wins, and having won 16 state titlesin the last 21 years, most recently in 2005, Hanson won't be changing his styleanytime soon. When he curses a blue streak after a player messes up, he doesn'tapologize. "The American vernacular contains these words," he says witha shrug. "It's part of life."

Ted Donato, whoplayed forward for the Boston Bruins for nine seasons and is now coach atHarvard, is one of the 26 NHL draft picks Hanson has coached. He credits Hansonwith being ahead of other high school coaches in using video, creating powerplays and forechecking systems, and says Hanson's practices are more fast-pacedthan any Donato experienced in college or the NHL. Sometimes Hanson can pushthe limits: In '88 he threw one of his players up against the glass after thekid rolled his eyes at a criticism. In '96 he challenged one of his stars to afight in the locker room after he'd mouthed off during the postgame handshakes.Years later, at weddings and christenings, they laugh about it. "I'm oldschool," says Hanson, who is also CM's guidance counselor. "We're aprivate Catholic school. We educate the entire kid. If I had to go around beingpolitically correct, they'd see my backside real fast."

None of hisplayers want that. "I've grown up a ton in my three years playing forhim," says Mike Keenan, a senior on this year's team, which was 4--0through Sunday. "He cares about everything: what you wear, how you standduring the national anthem. If he tells you to skate around a circle inpractice, you'd better not cut corners."

PROS FROM THE PROGRAM

TED DONATO (below), class of 1987, is one of severalHanson graduates to go on to the NHL.

Chris Nilan, class of '76

This enforcer, one of nine NHL players to spend morethan 3,000 minutes in the penalty box, holds the record for most penalties in agame, with 10. He played for 13 seasons and won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in1986.

Paul Stanton '85

The college All-America defenseman at Wisconsin wonStanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and '92.

Jim Carey '92

Carey won the Vezina Trophy with the WashingtonCapitals in 1995--96, going 35-24-9 with a 2.26 goals-against average.

Chris O'Sullivan '92

In 1995 the defenseman led BU to a national title. Heplayed parts of five seasons with three NHL teams.

Jim Fahey '98

The defenseman has skated for the San Jose Sharks andthe New Jersey Devils--for whose AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass., he currentlyplays.

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PHOTOBARRY CHIN/THE BOSTON GLOBE (HANSON)MASTER CLASS Hanson, instiller of both skills and values, won his 500th game last month. PHOTOSHELLY CASTELLANO/THN/ICON SMI (DONATO) PHOTOJOHN GREEN/CAL SPORT MEDIA (GALIPPO) PHOTOAJ MAST/ICON SMI (KOUFOS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)