John Harrington gained fame as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that captured the gold medal at the Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.
Mr. Harrington played hockey in Lugano, Switzerland, for the 1980-1981 season before returning home to earn a spot on the U.S. National Hockey Team, representing the United States at the 1981, 1982, and 1983 World Hockey Championships.
He completed his international playing career as an Alternate Captain of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey team that competed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
A member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Harrington received the Lester Patrick Award in 1980 for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.He is a charter member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, a 1990 inductee into the Minnesota Olympic Hall of Fame, a 1997 inductee into the Virginia Hall of Fame, and a 2001 inductee into the University of Minnesota-Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame.
A member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey teams, Mr. Harrington guided the Saint John's University (SJU) Johnnies to a 241-142-31 (.620) record over 15 seasons.
His 15 years at SJU is the longest tenure of any hockey coach in school history.
The most successful hockey coach in SJU's history, Mr. Harrington coached 17 All-America selections.
A 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Mr. Harrington was an assistant hockey coach at St. Cloud State University from 1990 to 1993.Prior to his move to St. Cloud, Mr. Harrington worked as an assistant coach at the University of Denver from 1984 to 1990.In 2015, he returned to college coaching after a seven-year hiatus when he was named Head Women's Hockey Coach at Minnesota State University.Mr. Harrington had left the college coaching ranks in 2008 after 24 years to pursue a professional coaching career in Europe.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Harrington has been involved with numerous USA Hockey summer development camps and national team coaching staffs.
After his first season at the helm of the Minnesota State women's hockey program, the Mavericks boasted a 3-29-4 record in 2015-16 and a 0-25-3 in the WCHA.
A few key games during the season featured the Mavericks taking two one-goal losses to the eventual-national champions, the Minnesota Gophers, as well as a 5-5 tie to the eighth-rated North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
Before Minnesota State: The former men's hockey coach at St. John's (1993-2008) led the Johnnies to a 241-142-31 record with four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play-off and five regular-season titles, along with five NCAA tournament appearances.
Harrington, who spent the four years prior to MSU serving as an amateur scout for the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, was the head coach of Asiago in the Italian National League from 2009-11 and head coach for Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss National League in 2008.Harrington also served a stint as associate head coach with the men's program at St. Cloud State from 1990-93 and as an assistant coach with the University of Denver men's program from 1984-1990.
John "Bah" Harrington was born May 24, 1957 in Virginia, Minn. Harrington was a standout high school hockey athlete for Virginia High School in Minnesota's hockey-rich Iron Range under head coach Dave Hendrickson.
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John HarringtonJohn Harrington was a stand-out high school hockey athlete for Virginia High School in Minnesota.
After Harrington's senior season at Virginia, University of Minnesota Duluth assistant head coach Mike Sertich urged Harrington to try out for the hockey team.
With Sertich's backing, Harrington won a walk-on spot on UMD's roster.
He lettered for four seasons at UMD from 1975 to 1979.
ollowing his collegiate playing career, Harrington was invited to try out for the 1979-80 US National team coached by the Minnesota Golden Gophers' Herb Brooks.Harrington made every cut and was placed on the Olympic roster for the 1980 Lake Placid games.
Harrington is credited with an assist on Mike Eruzione's go-ahead game-winning goal against the USSR.
Following 1984, Harrington retired from playing and rejoined his college roots as an assistant coach at the University of Denver.
The highlight of Harrington's time at Denver was 1985-86 when Denver won a school record 34 games and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four.
From 1993-2008, Harrington was the head hockey coach at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.Harrington turned around a listless program at Saint John's.
By his fourth season he had guided SJU to a school-record 26-6-1 mark, the school's first conference championship since 1950, the school's first conference playoff championship, the school's first NCAA tournament berth and an NCAA third place victory.
In 15 seasons at Saint John'she has a career record of 241-142-31 (.620).
He has won five MIAC titles, four MIAC playoff championships and has advanced to the NCAA tournament five times.
Harrington is the school leader in career wins.
In addition to his coaching duties, Harrington was the assistant athletic director at Saint John's.In 2008, Harrington became the Head Coach for Asiago of the Swiss National League.He was the head coach for the Slovenia men's national ice hockey team until December 2010.
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