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 Gordon "Pete" Sears (Oswego, 1979-2001)


Gordon "Pete" Sears grew up in Lake Placid in the 1950's and 60's, and was influenced by the Olympic history of the community and the youth sports that were provided by the adults who took an interest in them.  He participated in the Lake Placid Pee Wee Hockey Association, Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion baseball and Pop Warner football programs.  While in high school, he played four years of football, hockey, and baseball.

Pete went on to attend Oswego State university, earning a degree in education while also playing hockey and baseball.  In 1970, he was selected to the All-American College Hockey Team.  Intertwined with those college years, he served in the U.S. Army and was assigned to Vietnam as an infantry squad leader.

Upon completion of college, Pete was selected as a goaltender for the 1972 Olympic Hockey Team that went on to win a silver medal in Sapporo, Japan.  For the next three years, he played professional minor league hockey in Cleveland, St. Petersburg, and Columbus.

Pete returned to Oswego in 1975 and taught history and coached hockey in the city school district for the next 30 years, with his teams winning multiple league and sectional championships.  In addition to the New York State High School Hockey Hall of Fame, he has also been inducted into the Oswego State University Hall of Fame, the Oswego State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Oswego City Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.  He has been an active member and coach in USA Hockey, the New York State Empire State Games, and is a member of the New York State Elks and American Legion.  He resume includes the following:

  • Played for Lake Placid High School
  • Played for four years at Oswego State (1965-71)
  • All-American (1970-71)
  • Served in Vietnam (1967-69)
  • US Olympic Hockey Team (1972)
  • Silver Medal- Sapporo Games
  • Played in the International Hockey League (IHL)
  • Played in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
  • Head Coach Oswego High School Hockey (1979-97)
  • Assistant Coach Owego High School Hockey (1998-01)
  • 10 League Championships
  • 3 Section III Championships
  • 9 Section III Sportsmanship Awards
  • 4 New York State Regional Championships
  • 3 New York State Finalist


Pete was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2000, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey and society

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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