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 2009 NYSHSHCA "News on the Surface"


Hockey Tops Memories of Stanley Moore

By Bob Beckstead, Daily Courier-Observer
Thursday, November 5, 2009 
MASSENA Those who knew Stanley B. Moore Sr. say he was always thinking hockey, whether it was behind the bench of championship teams at Massena High School or in the stands after his retirement.

Mr. Moore, 79, passed away Monday at the St. Regis Nursing Home, leaving behind a stellar record of 510 wins, 141 losses and 15 ties in the 32 years with Massena's hockey program.

During those years, he led his Massena players to 18 League Championships, 17 Sectional Championships, seven New York State Championships, and several appearances in the New York State Final Four Championships.

"He was constantly thinking hockey," according to Bryan LaVigne, who played for Mr. Moore on the 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1977-78 teams..

Mr. Moore was a math teacher at the time, and Mr. LaVigne said he wasn't in his classes.  But that didn't stop them from talking hockey in the hallways.

"I didn't have him for class, but when I ran into him in between classes, he'd be talking hockey.  He though hockey all the time," he said.

Reginald Cross said even after Mr. Moore retired, he was still thinking hockey as they sat in the bleachers with Dick Morris.

"He and I used to sit together and he would still critique the games.  It was fun to sit with him," Mr. Cross said.

"He was a dedicated coach.  He was a teacher.  I think the teacher and the coach sort of went together," he said.

"Every time we talked when we got a minute, especially during the off-season, it always got around to hockey," said David MacLennan, who coached the hockey team at Holy Family High School in Massena.

"He was very knowledgeable and an outstanding coach," Mr. MacLennan said.  "Its a loss for the community.  His knowledge was immense."

Known as the "Dean of New York State Hockey",  Mr. Moore coached at Massena for 33 years from 1960 to 1992.  He coached the JV team in 1960 and became the varsity coach in 1961.

Prior to that, Mr. Moore played hockey at Clarkson University, where Mr. Cross had his first exposure to a man who would become his friend.

"We go back.  I was at Clarkson when Stan Moore played (hockey) at Clarkson. I was a year ahead of him," Mr. Cross said.

The Moore's son, Stanley Jr., played hockey with Mr. Cross' son, Mike.  Mr. Moore also coached Tom Cross, who played two years of hockey at Holey Family before transferring to Massena Central when Holy Family closed its doors.  At Massena, he played for two more years under Mr. Moore.

"He coached both my sons, not only in minor hockey," Mr. Cross said.  "Both years (when Tom Cross played) Massena was number one in the state.  They had some good kids there."

Tom Cross later went on to play hockey for four years at Dartmouth College.  It didn't matter who played for Mr. Moore, he always brought out the best in his teams, according to his players.

I would say he was such a student of the game and he stressed the skills.  He was just consistently stressing the basics and he know how to use the players that he had and I would say, he got the most out of his team," Mr. LaVigne said.

Mark Morris, a 1976 graduate at Massena who played under Mr. Moore and now coaches the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League, agreed.  "He forced us to think about the game as well, but he also made it fun," he said, suggesting that Mr. Moore set the bar high for other coaches in the area.  "I don' know if anybody will ever live up to the commitment he made."

Mr. MacLennan said he and Mr. Moore often got together to talk about hockey, and he always found it a learning experience.

"He was a great teacher, a great student of the game.  He knew it inside and out.  He was able to relate that knowledge of the game and his record speaks for itself.  Look at how many championships and sectionals titles and state championships that his teams won.  He was well repected by his peers,"  Mr. MacLennan said.

"It was a learning experience for me all the time.  Every time I talked to him about hockey I learned something,: he said.

Mr. Moore also coached minor hockey and, along with Mr. Cross, Dick Morris, Crow Smith and others, started the Massena Juniors.

"Stan was involved in that.  I think he coached for a while," Mr. Cross said.  "it was a lot of fun, but it was a lot of work too.  But you forget about the work and remember the fun.

"I think the impact that he had on so many athletes in the area was the first thing that come to mind,"  Mr. Morris said.  "It's very sobering to realize that part of your playing history is no longer around.  He was such a great coach."

What made Mr. Moore unique, according to Mr. Morris, was that he know how to adapt his hockey philosophy to every team player.

"I think more so than anything was his passion.  It was contagious.  He taught a lot of skills, He really enjoyed practice.  He would teach us how to compete and challenge ourselves,: he said.

"I think anybody that had an opportunity to watch him work wtih kids could appreciate the energy that it took year after year to pull all these kids together and help them enjoy the game and teach them like lessons," Mr. Moore said.

It may be a different era with a different breed of players, but he said Mr. Moore's' way of coaching still holds true today.

"I think just to bring you energy to the rink every day.  You try to figure out each guy individually.  Everybody has  buttons that need to be pushed. You have to find what makes the person tick and he obviously could do that.  He took the time to give you a boot in the pants if you needed it and also a pat on the back if you needed it as well." Mr. Morris said.

The knowledge that Mr. Moore passed on to his players left a mark on those players and the community, according to Mr. MacLennan.

"I know that most coaches that did have to face him certainly had their hands full because he was an outstanding coach.  He touched so many lives,"  Mr. MacLennan said.  "He was a name synonymous in the community and throughout the North Country and the state."


Stanley B. Moore
Daily Courier-Observer
Thursday, November 5, 2009 

MASSENA Memorial services for Stanley B. Moore Sr., 79, of Windsor Road, Massena will take place at the convenience of the family. There will be no public services or calling hours.

At the family's request memorial contributions may be made to the Massena Humane Society or the American Heart and Stroke Association, or to a charity of one's Choice.

Stanley passed away November 2, 2009 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Massena; his daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Grant Martin of Louisville, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Jr. and Barbara Moore of Belgrade, Maine; brother, Albert Moore of Vienna, Va.; sisters, Thelma Ravinski of Norfolk, MA and Muriel Wise of Franklin, MA; grandchildren, Jack Henry Moore, Ella Moore, Lily Moore, all of Belgrade Maine; brother-in-law, Thomas McManus; sister in-law, Marion McManus; several nieces and nephews; his faithful companion, "Jack," his dog.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Helen (Treen) Moore; brothers-in-law, Edward Ravinski and Robert McManus; sister- in-law, Patricia Moore; mother and father-in-law, Nora and Harry McManus; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen and Andrew Johnson; sisters-in-law, Catherine McManus, Wilma McManus; and nephew, Henry "Bud" Johnson.

He was born September 8, 1930, in Norwood Mass, the son of George and Helen (Treen) Moore. Stanley graduated from Walpole High School, in Walpole, MA, Wilbraham Academy in MA, and Clarkson University class of 1954.

He married Elizabeth McManus on December 15, 1951. Mr. Moore started work in 1959 and was employed for 30 years at the Massena Central High School. At one time he worked for B. Perreni & Sons as an accountant during the construction of the Seaway, and worked for the family restaurant, McManus Good Foods in Potsdam.

In high school Stanley received the Bay Shore League MVP for Hockey. At Clarkson, he was a member of the men's hockey and baseball team. He coached both JV and Varsity Hockey at Massena High School and the golf teams. He also was a referee for area college hockey games.

Coach Moore took the Massena High School Hockey Team to the States and won the State Championship on several occasions. He coached the Clarkson Freshman Hockey team.

He was a member of the Red Tavern Hunting Club, Massena Country Club, Massena Elks, and Italian American Club, a member of the Massena High School Hall of Fame and the NYS Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame, a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association, and received the John Mariucci Award in 1996. He was a lifetime member of NYS High School Hockey Coaches Association.

He was a past member of the Massena Moose, Potsdam Town & Country Club, Massena Minor Hockey. He was a past Golf Champion at both Massena Country Club and Potsdam Town & Country which he won on more than one occasion.

Stanley loved hockey and golf, and his favorite teams were the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox.

Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial. com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena




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