Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tim Alexander 1957-2016


I knew Tim Alexander when I worked in communications for the North American Hockey League in Michigan 16 years ago and he was coaching the Cleveland Barons Junior ‘A’ franchise. I always liked him, and he always treated me well.

Tim accomplished quite a bit in hockey before he passed away from pancreatic cancer last week at age 58. He played four seasons at Bowling Green State University (1976-1980), tallying 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 37 games as a senior under head coach Jerry York, according to hockeydb.com.

Born in Canada, he also led the Falcons to three Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament titles, two CCHA regular-season championships, and three NCAA Tournament berths, including a third-place national finish as a sophomore under head coach Ron Mason, according to USCHO.com. The Falcons defeated visiting Colorado College in a two-game, total goals quarterfinal round series before falling to Boston College in a semifinal matchup in Providence, and then edged Wisconsin in the consolation contest. His teammates at BGSU included future NHL players George McPhee and Brian MacLellan, plus long-time Michigan State assistant coach Tom Newton.

After college and a short professional playing stint with Dayton (IHL), Tim embarked on a long career coaching at multiple levels in the Barons organization. He also returned to his collegiate alma mater as an assistant coach in 2001-02 before going back to the Barons, and in all coached hockey for over 30 years in the Cleveland area while sending numerous players on to junior, college and pro hockey. He leaves behind a wife, Sandi, and a son, Jarrett.


Rest in peace, Tim, and thanks.

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