(Photo Credit: Middlebury College Athletic Communications)
(Photo Credit: Middlebury College Athletic Communications)
Phil Latreille

Middlebury College

Ice Hockey

Inducted 2013

In the history of U.S. college ice hockey, no player in any division has scored more goals in a game, in a season, or in a career than Middlebury College’s Phil Latreille (pronounced 'la-tray'). He also was the first Vermont collegiate player to skate in the National Hockey League.

Between 1957 and 1961, the burly right-winger from Montreal scored an astounding 250 goals — a total that included 10 tallies in a game and 80 goals during his senior year when he paced the Panthers to a 19-2 record against the likes of Princeton, Army, and Yale. Even though he wrapped up his career more than 50 years ago, Latreille still holds seven NCAA individual scoring records including most points per game in a season (5.14) and in a career (4.07), and most goals per game in a season (3.81) and a career (2.94). 

From the first day he stepped on the ice for Middlebury (two goals and three assists vs. Bowdoin) until his final home game for the blue and white (seven goals in a 17-3 drubbing of Dartmouth), Latreille was a fan favorite known signing autographs and skating with kids. 

A three-time first-team Division I All-American in 1959, 1960 and 1961, he wrapped up his career with the Panthers with 346 points on 250 goals and 96 assists. He also compiled 38 career hat-tricks (three goals or more in one game) with 16 coming in his senior season.

Latreille later played four games with the New York Rangers of the NHL and had a stint in the minor leagues.

After his playing days, Latreille enjoyed a successful career in business, and, with his late wife Eileen, raised three sons.  

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