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Winning coach ‘Ned’ Harkness dies

Ned Harkness, who led RPI to the 1954 NCAA men's hockey tournament championship, and college president Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson react during his induction into the Engineers' Ring of Honor on Feb. 9, 2007, at Houston Field House in Troy.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Ned Harkness, who led RPI to the 1954 NCAA men's hockey tournament championship, and college president Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson react during his induction into the Engineers' Ring of Honor on Feb. 9, 2007, at Houston Field House in Troy.
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Nevin D. “Ned” Harkness, a hockey and lacrosse coaching legend who changed the face of college and professional sports in the Capital Region, died Friday, on his birthday, at his Rochester home. He was 89 and had been in failing health for some months. Harkness took RPI hockey and lacrosse teams and Cornell University hockey teams to national championships before moving to the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League, where he coached and ...


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