RICH PELLETIER '76
RICHARD (RICH) PELLETIER '76 was the premier offensive player of his day with the Greyhounds for Coach RAY LEMAY. The career scoring leader and first 100-point producer in the program's history, Rick left with 66 goals, 83 assists for 149 points in just 71 games. He is currently ninth in both goals and assists and seventh in the career point list.
He was awarded the Rev. Armand Desautels, A.A. Memorial Award as the premier senior student-athlete at the College in 1976, the first of just three ice hockey players to win the award. He was the first two-time captain of team, 1974 75 and 1975-76.
He played right wing (21-37--58) on the high-scoring line of center Marc Pelletier (no relation) (Woonsocket, RI) (23-26--49) and left wing Tim Atchue (Worcester, MA) (11-16-27). The line accounted for 55-79--134 points in 1975-76.
He joined the team in a not-so-successful one-win season in 1972-73 scored 16 goals, 13 assists for 29 points and scored his first career goal against Bridgewater State (12/9/72). As a sophomore the team rebounded to a .500 record (8-8-1) as he amassed 12-17--29 points collecting the first of five career 'hat tricks' opening night vs. Clark (11/29/73). He followed with a 17-16--33 point performance as a junior.
He averaged 2.1 points/game (149 points in 71 games) which is fourth in Hounds' history. As a senior he averaged 2.9 points (fourth all-time) (58 points in 20 games) as he and teammate Marc Pelletier became the second players to reach the 20-goal plateau in the program's history. His 37 assists that season is still the fifth best.
Pelletier scored a career-high four goals in a game twice, first as a freshman vs. Stonehill (2/22/73) and again as a senior versus M.I.T. (2/14/76). He set then records of seven points and six assists as the Hounds defeated Clark (15-0) (1/20/76) and set a then team record with 22 assists. Two weeks later he added five assists, again against Clark (2/10/76). He also had three assists in the third period in a come-from-behind 10-6 win over Stonehill (12/5/75).
Pelletier, originally from Fitchburg, MA, was a standout at Notre Dame High School. He was graduated from the College with a bachelors in political science in 1976 and subsequently from Suffolk University Law School '79. He worked with Arthur Anderson and Conoco Oil Co., both in Houston, TX was President of Commonwealth Development, Inc.
He and his wife Cindy currently own and operate the Nashoba Valley Spirits, Ltd., in Bolton, MA. They also reside in Bolton with a sons Jesse and Justin.