Terry Meagher was a pioneer. Starring as a forward for the Belleville Junior B’s in the early 1970’s, Meagher’s stellar play and excellent leadership skills attracted the attention of U.S. college hockey recruiters. In 1973, Meagher accepted a hockey scholarship to Boston University, opening the door for other local shinny stars who later followed his path south. In fact, two of Meagher’s brothers – Rick and Tony – were later signed by Boston University.
With the Terriers, Meagher scored 74 goals and added 68 assists for 142 points in 92 career games. In his senior year, Meagher was team captain, team scoring champion with 30 goals and 55 points, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association MVP and winner of the Boston University distinguished scholar-athlete award.
After completing a Master’s Degree at Illinois State University in 1977, Meagher soon turned his attention to coaching. The results were spectacular. Twenty years after accepting a position as head hockey coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Ma. in 1983, Meagher was among the 40 most winning coaches in NCAA history. During the 2002-2003 season, he surpassed Sid “Century” Smith as winningest coach at Bowdoin with his 327th victory. Meagher’s overall record with the Polar Bears was 327-156-11. On four occasions, Meagher has been voted New England college hockey’s Coach of the Year. He steered Bowdoin to three ECAC championships – the first in 1986 and consecutive titles in 1993 and1994. Fourteen of Meagher’s players have been All-Americans. One of them was a Hobey Baker Award finalist as most outstanding college hockey player in the United States.
Born in Belleville on June 30. 1952, Meagher excelled at all sports during his school years, particularly his high school days at Quinte Secondary. During the summer months, his poise and perfection on ball diamonds around the city and around the province were second to none. But hockey opened the door of opportunity and Meagher strode boldly over the threshold. His players are glad he did. Meagher’s nomination form submitted to the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame selection committee by his sister, Joan, was heartily endorsed by all members of his 2002-2003 Bowdoin College Polar Bears hockey team.0