Al Renfrew - 1990 Legend of College Hockey
Al Renfrew has been an integral part of the University of Michigan Athletic Department for more than 30 years and is our legend of hockey tonight.
Renfrew first began his association with the University as a student and an exceptional athlete. He earned four varsity letters in Hockey, as a high-scoring forward. During his four seasons, the Wolverines were 60-18-6, a .750 winning percentage. They went on to win the first-ever national in 1947-48, beating Dartmouth in the championship game.
Renfrew was also a member of the Wolverine hockey team. He was the captain his senior year during the 1948-49 season and played left wing on Michigan's all-time top scoring line, with center Gordon McMillan and right wing Wally Gacek.
Renfrew coached on the college level for 22 seasons - 16 of them at the University of Michigan. In his 16 seasons as head coach of the Wolverines, Renfrew compiled a record of 223-207-11. His 1963-64 team collected Michigan's seventh national championship, and Renfrew became the first person to play on a national championship and later coach a national champ.
Renfrew retired from coaching and became Michigan's ticket manager in 1973. Currently he is an Assistant Athletic Director.
Renfrew and his wife, Marge, have two daughters and one son and reside in the Ann Arbor area.