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Angotti, first Huskies hockey player to reach NHL, dies at 83

Lou Angotti, the first Michigan Tech hockey player to reach the NHL, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Angotti died at Holy Cross Health in Ft. Lauderdale surrounded by family.

Angotti, a Toronto native, was a three-year letter winner for the Huskies from 1959-62, and helped Michigan Tech win the 1962 NCAA Championship. He was a First Team All-American in 1962.

To this day, Angotti is the only player ever to win the NCAA Tournament’s Most Valuable Player award twice, earning the honor in 1960 and 1962.

The Huskies also won the WCHA championship in 1962. Angotti scored 71 goals and 61 assists in 89 career games.

Angotti became the first Michigan Tech player to reach the NHL. He played in 653 games across 10 seasons. Angotti was the first captain of the expansion Philadelphia Flyers for the 1967-68 season. He played in two Stanley Cup Finals for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1971 and 1973. He scored 103 goals and 186 assists, second among former Michigan Tech players in the NHL.

Angotti was head coach of the St. Louis Blues for parts of the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons. He was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1983-84 season.

Angotti was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He was part of the 1962 NCAA Championship Team induction in 2012.

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