St. Thomas' Terry Skrypek, who had a winning formula and no losing seasons, announced his retirement in late March after a distinguished 40-year Minnesota coaching career.
Skrypek was associated with 815 victories in 1,117 games at the prep and college level of hockey, including 419 wins over the last 23 seasons at the University of St. Thomas.
Skrypek was named the National Coach of the Year in 2005. He took St. Thomas teams to the NCAA championship games in both 2000 and 2005.
The St. Paul native never finished worse than third place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. His Tommie teams won 22 of a possible 46 conference regular-season and playoff championships.
Under Skrypek, the Tommies made the conference playoffs all 23 seasons and reached the finals 20 times. They also made the NCAA playoffs 11 times.
Skrypek never had a losing season in 48 years in hockey, from his high school career at Cretin to his college career at St. Mary’s. He was a Hill-Murray assistant for three years (1970-73) and Pioneers’ head coach the next 14 years (1973-87). His teams won 88% of their games (325-44-3) and 13 of a possible 14 conference crowns.
UST videographer Brad Jacobsen compiled a video story on Terry Skrypek.
Click below to view three parts of the story that incudes press conference or action footage:
Part 1 (6:52): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k0-es4lvDo&feature=channel
Part 2 (7:27): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_9TjuleDWs&feature=channel
Part 3 (5:50): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7tgFOEnT9E&feature=channel
Click here to read a Gene's Blog on Terry Skrypek's legacy: