By now most people know that legendary college hockey coach Ron Mason has passed away. It seems an apparent heart attack has taken his life.

I was lucky enough to know Ron Mason for many years. All I can say is he was a great coach, great guy, family guy, and just enjoyed his life. A man who gained national prominence as winning the most hockey games in the history of college hockey. Mason won one national championship and was always in the hunt for another one.

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I remember before I was into sports radio, my family's restaurant DeMarco's was sort of a MSU hockey headquarters. Many fans, coaches and players' parents would gather there. Ron Mason built a dynasty at MSU. No one could buy season tickets, you would have to have them willed to you.

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Ron coached at MSU for 23 years. He always recruited class guys. A lot of them would go on to the NHL.

Ron Mason was a great hockey coach, mentor, dad, husband, grandfather, teacher, athletic director and all-around great guy. He loved to fresh and salt water fish in Florida and  Canada. Again, I was very lucky to know Ron before and after I came into sports radio 20 years ago. He was always a gentleman and polished individual.

A legend is gone. He will be missed.

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