BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University and the BSU men’s ice hockey program today announced the first 10 members, in alphabetical order, of BSU’s 50 Legends for 50 Years Team, established to recognize the top 50 players in the history of a program which this season is celebrating its 50th season of intercollegiate competition.
The first 10 honorees, in alphabetical order, are center Bernie Adlys (1992-96), center Mike Alexander (1982-86), wing Dale Baldwin (1976-80), center Omer Belisle (1991-95), defenseman Greg Biskup (1984-88), defenseman Jude Boulianne, Sr. (1968-71), wing/defenseman Jude Boulianne, Jr. (1991-95), defenseman Drey Bradley (1981-84), defenseman Charlie Brown (1968-71) and wing Terry Burns (1966-69).
This year, Bemidji State University and the BSU Athletics Department come together to celebrate the 50th season of competition for one of the most celebrated collegiate men’s ice hockey programs in the history of the sport. The 2005-06 season represents the 50th season of intercollegiate competition for the Beaver men’s ice hockey program, which played its first game on January 18, 1948. The BSU program was on hiatus for 10 years in the 1950s due to the lack of a facility in which to compete.
Throughout 2005-06, Bemidji State athletics will pay special tribute to the men who helped establish the Beaver program over the last 49 seasons. To celebrate this historic anniversary, BSU is announcing a lineup of the 50 greatest players in the history of the program and will recognize those men at a special pre-game ceremony during the Robert Morris series, Feb. 17-18, 2006.
The remaining 50 Legends for 50 Years lineup will be announced 10 players at a time, in alphabetical order, at various times throughout the season leading up to the Robert Morris series. Other events associated with the anniversary celebration are planned and will be announced at later dates throughout the year.
• Bernie Adlys (C; 1992-1996; Waterloo, Ontario) – During the 1995-96 season, Adlys led Bemidji State in both assists (30) and points (17-30=47). In 116 games played at BSU, Adlys finished his collegiate career tied for 22nd among BSU’s career scoring leaders with 129 points. Adlys was a member of three consecutive NCAA Division II national championship teams from 1993 to 1995. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 65-32-9.
• Mike Alexander (C; 1982-1986; Apple Valley, Minn.) – A member of both the 1984 and 1986 NCAA Division II national championship teams, Alexander is BSU’s all-time scoring leader with 98-154=252 points and ranks third all-time at BSU with 98 career goals. As a freshman Alexander led the Beavers with 38 assists, and as a junior he led the team in goals (31), assists (32) and points (31-32=63) along with a team-high 10 power-play goals. During Alexander’s senior campaign in 1985-86, he set school single-season records for assists (58) and points scored (32-58=90) and again led the squad with 10 power-play goals. His 58 assists in 1985-86 helped him to a BSU-record 154 for his career. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 113-21-4.
• Dale Baldwin (RW; 1976-1980; Oxbow, Saskatchewan) – A captain in his senior year, Baldwin was a member of the back-to-back NAIA championship teams in 1979 and 1980 before the team moved to NCAA Division II in 1981. Baldwin is the 12th-leading scorer in BSU history with 163 points in 119 games and ranks fifth all-time with 93 goals scored. During the 1979-80 season, Baldwin set a school record with a team-leading 43 goals, including a single-season record six short-handed goals. Baldwin’s 13 career short-handed goals are another BSU standard. In 1979-80, Baldwin also led BSU in total points (71), the third-highest single-season total in school history, and power-play goals (9). During Baldwin’s career at BSU, the Beavers went 100-19-4.
• Omer Belisle (C; 1991-1995; Thunder Bay, Ontario) – En route to three straight NCAA Division II National Championships from 1993 to 1995, Belisle climbed the BSU record books, finishing 21st among the all-time scoring leaders with 131 points. Belisle captained BSU’s 1995 squad which went 24-7-3, finishing first in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 85-32-10.
• Greg Biskup (D; 1984-1988; Roseau, Minn.) – Biskup finished his career as BSU’s third-leading career scorer amongst defensemen (29-77=106), with his 29 goals ranking third amongst BSU’s defensemen. He ranks 40th on BSU’s all-time scoring list. Biskup captained BSU’s 1986 NCAA Division II national championship squad as a senior, a team which went 25-9-1. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 98-38-7.
• Jude Boulianne, Sr. (D; 1968-1971; Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan) – A member of three consecutive NAIA Championship teams from 1968-69 to 1970-1971, Boulianne accumulated 75 points in 80 games to rank him 16th on BSU’s career scoring list for defensemen. In his final season, Boulianne led the Beavers with 26 assists. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 67-12-1 and won their conference each of Boulianne’s three season’s on the ice.
• Jude Boulianne, Jr. (W/D; 1991-1995; St. Anne, Manitoba) – Boulianne, Jr., the son of fellow 50 Legends for 50 Years honoree Jude Boulianne, Sr., is BSU’s career leader in both goals scored by a defenseman (39) and points scored by a defenseman (39-76=115). His 76 career assists rank him fourth all-time amongst Beaver defenders. Overall, Boulianne’s 115 points has him tied for 32nd amongst BSU’s all-time scoring leaders. In his final season at BSU in 1994-95, the Beaver captain led his team in both assists (40) and points (11-40=51) en route to BSU’s third consecutive NCAA Division II national championship. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 85-32-10.
• Drey Bradley (D; 1981-1984; Hastings, Minn.) – Bradley captained one of only six unbeaten teams in the history of college hockey, BSU’s 31-0-0 NCAA Division II national champion 1983-84 squad. Bradley finished his career with 26-71=97 points, sixth-most ever by a BSU defenseman. He also ranks in the Top 10 on BSU’s career lists for defensemen in goals scored (26, seventh) and assists (71, sixth). His 52 points in 1983-84 remain the BSU single-season standard for a blue-liner. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 86-11-2.
• Charlie Brown (D; 1968-1971; Minneapolis, Minn.) – In three seasons at Bemidji State, Brown was three-for-three, helping BSU capture NAIA national championships in 1969, 1970 and 1971. On Feb. 2, 1971 against Saskatchewan, Brown set BSU single-game records for assists by a defenseman (5) and points by a defenseman (0-5=5). During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 67-12-1. Brown was one of five Bemidji State representatives on the 1970 U.S. National Team, and he helped the U.S. Olympic Team to a silver medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. Brown was one of five Beavers to represent the United States in the Olympic Games, and one of just two - along with fellow 1972 Olympian Jim McElmury - to win a medal.
• Terry Burns (RW; 1966-1969; Swift Current, Saskatchewan) – Burns is the only member in BSU men’s ice hockey history to captain his team in each of his three seasons. In doing so, Burns led his team in goals as both a sophomore (17) and a junior (21). Burns also collected a team-leading five power-play goals as a junior. Burns led the school to its first national championship, helping propel BSU to NAIA national titles in both 1968 and 1969. During his time at BSU, the Beavers went 52-15-1.