Larry Green
Coach
Inducted in 2010
Larry Green was a pioneer of youth hockey in Suffield.   He was instrumental in the success of  the Suffield Flyers youth hockey program and was the founder of interscholastic hockey at Suffield High School.   He started the SHS program as a club team in 1973, with no funding from the school.   His perseverance, self-sacrifice, and tireless efforts enabled the program to become a varsity sport in 1974.   He coached the team to an 8-12 record that first year, and then they improved to 11-10 the next year and made their first appearance in the state tournament.  He followed that up with a 13-8 record in the 1976-1977 season and their first win in a tournament game.  The next year they went 19-3 and won tournament games against perennial state powers North Haven and Stamford.  In the 1978-1979 they won the State Division II championship, a mere 5 years after being a club sport.   After being bumped up to Division I in 1979-1980, they went 12-7 and lost in the tournament semi-finals.    In 1979 Larry was named Connecticut Hockey Coach of the year.   He coached until 1985, and his team made the tournament every year.   Unquestionably, Larry Green was the Father of Suffield Hockey.