Ray Pratt was born and raised in Lake Placid, where he was a standout hockey player. He attended St. Lawrence University and played hockey there for four years. In three of those years he skated for the Larries, St. Lawrence was an NCAA Final Four participant.
After college he returned to his high school alma mater where he taught history and was the Blue-Bombers head varsity hockey coach from 1964-76. His coaching record at Lake Placid was 167-64-3, with 27 of those losses in his first two years. Prior to 1980, New York State did not have a State Championship. Coach Pratt's teams won numerous Sectional Championships during his twelve year career. Some of Coach Pratt's former players include Bill Beaney, Head Coach, Middlebury College; Ed Seney, Head Coach, Saint Anselm College and former Head Coach of Potsdam State University; Jeff Beaney, Head Coach, Southern Maine University; Tom Pratt, former Head Coach, New England College; Pete Sears, Oswego State Hall of Fame, 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
After retirement from Lake Placid High School in 1976, Ray was appointed Sports Director of the 1980 Winter Olympic Committee and served two stints as interim president and CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). In 1997 he was elected to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.
Ray was the 2008 recipient of the John Mariucci Award presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association's Annual Convention held in April in Naples, FL. This award is presented annually to a secondary school coach in memory of the "Godfather of Minnesota Hockey," John Mariucci.
- Played for Lake Placid High School
- Played for four years at St. Lawrence University
- Lake Placid head coach (1964-76)
- 167-64-3 High School Record
- Won numerous Section Championships
- Sports Director 1980 Winter Olympic Committee, Lake Placid
- President/CEO Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)
- Elected to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame- 1997
- 2008 recipient of the John Mariucci Award.
|Ray was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2005, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.