When Ed Barry and Athletic Director James P. “Gus” Sullivan founded the Boston State hockey program in 1962, no one could have imagined the sweeping impact Barry would have. The only ice hockey coach in the history of Boston State, Ed was a true sportsman, teacher, and an advocate of U.S.-born hockey players.
A recurring theme among his more than 600 former players is that Ed Barry influenced their lives more than any other person. A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Ed Barry’s sports career began at Northeastern University, where he lettered in football, hockey, and baseball.
Barry was still an undergraduate, the Boston Braves offered him a Major League Baseball contract, but hockey was to be his future. His hockey skills earned him six years with the Eastern Amateur Hockey League’s Boston Olympics, two years with the United States Coast Guard Cutters during World War II, and two seasons with the Boston Bruins, playing with future Hall of Famers such as Milt Schmidt and Frank Brimsek.
Although the Bruins were the highlight of Ed Barry’s playing career, Boston State is where he left his mark. His natural persuasiveness and honest love of Boston State made him one of the premier recruiters in the country. A master motivator and strategist, he was always professional in his preparation and dedicated to his players. Under his leadership, his Boston State teams won more than 200 games.
Over the course of his amazing life, Ed Barry played hockey against Gordie Howe, baseball against Joe DiMaggio, and golf with Arnold Palmer; he put Boston State in the record books; and he has inspired hundreds of young players. In recognition of all his accomplishments, on and off the ice, we are honored to name the UMass Boston ice rink the Edward Thomas Barry Ice Rink.
Ed Barry has been a gifted athlete in several sports. He is pictured here with baseball great Ted Williams (center) and veteran sportscaster Bob Costas (right).
One of Ed Barry’s proudest accomplishments came in 1965 when he and Boston State Athletic Director Gus Sullivan founded the Codfish Bowl, the second-oldest college hockey invitational in the country. He is shown here with MVP Bill Berglund (center) and Gus Sullivan (right).
“At a critical time in our lives, Coach Barry had a profound influence on so many of us. Any of the career successes that I have had can be traced back to the values and goals he instilled in me.”
The Edward Thomas Barry Ice Rink $5 million campaign will support much-needed renovations to the rink. An enhanced facility is vital to recruiting and training the best student-athletes for a competitive UMass Boston hockey program. It will also benefit the 15 community organizations and more than 6,400 people who use the space annually for recreation.
“In naming the ice rink for Edward Barry, the University of Massachusetts Boston honors an outstanding coach and student-athlete mentor and the tremendous legacy of the Boston State College men’s ice hockey program.”
Your gift to the Edward Thomas Barry Ice Rink campaign will support improvements to the 34-year-old facility identified in the UMass Boston Athletics Master Plan. The upgrades will advance our capacity to recruit and train top-notch student-athletes and improve the fan experience. It will also benefit the many youth programs and hockey leagues that spend more than 2,000 hours a year in the space.