WOONSOCKET, RI (WPRI) – Longtime Mount Saint Charles Academy hockey coach Bill Belisle has died at the age of 92.
Belisle, who served as the head coach of the Catholic high school hockey program for more than four decades, died Wednesday afternoon.
Belisle graduated from MSC in 1948 and was named head coach in 1975. During his tenure, Belisle recorded 1,000 wins and guided the RCMP to 32 state championships, including 26 consecutive titles.
In a social media post Wednesday night, MSC described Belisle as the heart of the school’s hockey program.
The United States Hall of Fame coach called it a career in February 2019, when he coached his last game before retiring.
“I personally remember Bill from my time as a student, then as a teacher and coach, and again when I came back to Mount as president,” MSC president Alan Tenreiro said. “He was always there as a guide and was an outstanding mentor to students and staff, as well as family and friends. The world has lost one of its greatest coaches, and Mount will feel the loss for decades. »
Dave Capuano, a former constable, called Belisle “the goat”
“I think he’s the real GOAT, I really do,” he said. “What he accomplished in this state, how many children’s lives he touched… It’s a sad day, but celebrating his life is a wonderful thing.”
Capuano is one of more than 20 Belisle-trained constables to be drafted into the NHL.
“People were jealous of the 26 [wins] in a row, and Mount Saint Charles always winning,” Capuano said. “I think people had so much respect for him and the whole Belisle family…He was a really funny guy and just a great family guy and overall he had so many traits going for him.”
It’s Belisle’s legacy that Capuano thinks the former manager would be most proud of.
“Hopefully he’s opening a Heineken and seeing what everyone is saying about him and his family,” Capuano said.
It is not known at this time how Belisle died. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.