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 NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2009


 Frank Panek (Bishop Timon/St. Jude, 1987-2004)
   

Frank Panek attended Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo and the University at Buffalo.

Did not play hockey at the high school or collegiate level, but played senior hockey after college.  Frank was a self taught coach who attended seminars and hockey clinics all over North America and Canada. He was a coordinator for the western New York region of the USA Hockey Coaches Development Program for 19 years,  a youth hockey coach and coached many players who went on to Div. I and Div. III collegiate hockey, a part of the Empire State Games hockey program for 12 years and was an assistant coach and head coach of two gold medal teams. 

Frank started coaching high school hockey in 1987, coaching Bishop Timon/St. Jude for 17 years where he compiled a 235-166-24 record.  He coached many student athletes who went on to play at the Div. III level and coached Tim Kennedy who presently is a member of the Div I national collegiate champion Michigan State school and a draft choice of the Buffalo Sabres.

 Frank was one of the founders of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation consisting of 8 high schools and was its first President for 14 years and helped set the course of high school hockey in western New York. He was involved in drafting the by-laws and rules of play for the federation and was a part of the expansion to the present of 16 high schools with two more schools joining the federation for the 2008-09 season.

 He is presently is the hockey moderator for Bishop Timon/St. Jude High School and is involved with all the administrative tasks and scheduling for the varsity and JV teams.

 

 
 
Frank was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2009, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.
 
 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.


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