Tony Frasca
Career highlights
Playing career

Anthony J. "Tony" Frasca was an American ice hockey player and coach for the varsity programs at Colorado College. He helped CC win its first national title in 1950.[1]



Tony Frasca began attending Colorado College in the fall of 1948, joining a team that had made the first NCAA tournament the year before.[2] Frasca began playing with the Tigers after sitting out his freshman year (as was common) and for the third consecutive year Colorado College made the tournament.[3] In the first game Frasca and Tigers knocked off defending champion Boston College 10–3, moving onto their first national title game. Against Boston University the Tigers got down early before rebounding in the second period to take a 3–1 lead into the third. Once in the final frame CC produced the greatest offensive period the championship match has ever seen, scoring 10 times (2 by Frasca) to demolish the Terriers 13–4 and claim the school's first national title.[1] One of his two goals in the third came 8 seconds after BU had scored, setting a team record for the fastest response goal that still stands.[1] (as of 2014)

The next year the tigers returned to the tournament but couldn't overcome Brown in the semifinals. The following year the Tigers became a founding member of the MCHL (a predecessor to the WCHA) and in Frasca's senior season won the inaugural conference title.[4] The Tigers were invited to their fifth straight NCAA tournament and defeated Yale 4–3 to make the 1952 title game, but couldn't top defending champion Michigan.[2] Frasca was an inaugural member of the All-MCHL First Team[5] and finished his playing career as the third leading scorer in CC history (#5 in career goals, #1 in career assists) and third in points-per-game (as of 2014 Frasca is still 5th all-time in PPG).[1]


In 1958 Frasca returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor and the head coach of the Tigers who were a year removed from their second national title.[6] Taking over after the sudden resignation of Tom Bedecki as well as the dissolution of the WIHL, the Tigers scrambled to a 6-14-3 record in his first season, their worst in 13 years.[3] CC's situation got a little better the following season when the WCHA was officially founded with the Tigers as a charter member but the record did not improve much. The next two seasons saw a sharp decline in the team's performance, hitting rock bottom in 1961–62 when the Tigers posted an all-time NCAA worst 0–23 record.[7] Colorado College rebounded sharply the next season, posting a winning season at 12–11 and earning Frasca the 1963 Spencer Penrose Award,[8] but after the season Frasca stepped down from his position in favor of Bob Johnson.[9] Frasca remained at Colorado College, serving as the head coach for the baseball team for 24 years as well as director of intramural sports and manager of the ice rink before retiring as an emeritus associate professor in 1990.[6] Tony Frasca died on April 1, 1999 from stomach cancer at the age of 71.[6]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament First Team 1950 [2]
All-MCHL First Team 1951–52 [5]

Frasca was awarded the 1963 Spencer Penrose Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association for being voted as the best coach that season. He was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of fame in 2000 as part of the 1950 national title team[10] and in 2001 Colorado College began awarding a team award to the top playoff performer in his honor.[1]

Career statistics[1]Edit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1949–50 Colorado College NCAA 24 34
1950–51 Colorado College NCAA 25
1951–52 Colorado College MCHL 25
NCAA totals 74 76 87 163

College Head Coaching record[1]Edit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Colorado College Tigers (Division I Independent) (1958-59–1958-59)
1958-59 Colorado College 6-14-3
Colorado College: 6-14-3
Colorado College Tigers (WCHA) (1959-60–1962-63)
1959-60 Colorado College 8-17-1 8-12-0 4th WCHA Finals (Loss)
1960-61 Colorado College 4-20-0 4-18-0 7th
1961-62 Colorado College 0-23-0 0-18-0 7th
1962-63 Colorado College 12-11-0 6-10-0 5th
Colorado College: 24-71-1 18-58-0
Total: 30-85-4

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "2013-14 Colorado College Media Guide", Colorado College Tigers. Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Colorado College men's Hockey Team History", Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  4. "WCHA Regular Season Standings", College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "All-WCHA Teams", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2014-04-13. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Colorado College Summer '99 Obits", Colorado College. Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  7. "Tony Frasca Year-By-Year Coaching Record", Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  8. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2014-07-11. 
  9. "Bob Johnson Year-By-Year Coaching Record", Retrieved on 2014-07-16. 
  10. "2000 Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of Inductees", Colorado Springs Sports. Retrieved on 2014-07-11. 

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Kelley
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Tom Eccleston

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