Hall of Fame: Bill MacFarland (1965)

Bill MacFarland
Bill MacFarland

Bill MacFarland

Toronto, Ontario
Years Played: 1954, 1955, 1956
Captain: 1955 and 1956
All-American: 1954, 1955, and 1956
NCAA Championships: 1955 and 1956


Bill MacFarland played for the Toronto Marlboro’s Junior A team before coming to the University of Michigan in 1953.  He played center for three years under Coach Vic Heyliger, scoring many goals and assists.  In 1954, he scored a record nine goals in the NCAA Tournament.  In 1955, he had a record five points in an NCAA Tournament game.  His most important goal was the fifth goal in a 5-3 win over Colorado College in the 1955 NCAA Championship game.  He was elected captain twice, for the 1954-1955 and 1955-1956 seasons, both NCAA Championship seasons for Michigan.  He received many awards: honorable mention All-American team, Second Team Denver Post and NCAA (1953-1954); Second Team All-American, Second Team Denver Post, and First Team NCAA (1954-1955); and First Team All-American and First Team Denver Post (1955-1956).

Bill MacFarland graduated from the School of Business Administration in 1956 and played ten years with the Seattle Totems in the Western League, several of which he served as captain.  In 1966, he was named general manager and coach.  While playing hockey in Seattle, he graduated from law school.  He was then elected president of the Western Hockey League.  Bill MacFarland also served as general manager of the Phoenix team in the World Hockey League.


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