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Bill Purcell (ice hockey)

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Bill Purcell was the York University hockey coach from 1965–1972, and the OIAA 1969-70 Coach of the Year.

He is credited with establishing York University's Yeomen hockey program in 1961 and bringing it national acclaim and notoriety. He also championed the teams relocation from outdoor play at Glendon to the New York Arena, locally known as the Ice Palace.


  • 1967-68: 2nd place finish in the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OIAA) League
  • 1969-70: OIAA championship
  • 1969-70: Consolation title of the Canadian finals.
  • 1969-70: Coach of the Year
  • 1971-72: 1st place finish in the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) League with a record 16 wins (16-1-2)
  • 1978-79: IHL Champion
  • 1981-82: OUAA League Champion
  • November 6, 2013: Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto

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Purcell is a former semi-professional hockey player himself, playing for the Toronto All Stars 1966-67.

He was a professional fire fighter for the city of Toronto (Dundas and Parliament hall) in the 1950s and 1960s.