Ann Arbor, Michigan
Official Timer: 1958-1983
Born and raised in the shadows of the old Coliseum, it’s no wonder that Doug Barnett’s first love of sports is hockey. He skated at the Coliseum as a youngster and saw his first Michigan hockey game when Eddie Lowery was coaching. In 1958, he was asked to fill in as official timer, a position he would hold for twenty-five years. He retired in 1983, missing only six games in his many years of service. He was one of the loyal Michigan hockey fans who organized the Dekers. He served as the first secretary-treasurer and received the Deker of the Year Award in 1965. His major duties with the Dekers included publishing the newsletter, organizing reunions, and obtaining team pictures for the lobby in Yost Arena. He was instrumental in the creation of the Dekers Hall of Fame.
He has many memorable experiences and one that stands out was being in the locker room during the 1962 NCAA hockey finals when Coach Al Renfrew announced that Red Berenson would be playing his next game for the Montreal Canadiens. Another highlight was watching Michigan beat Denver for the 1964 NCAA Championship.
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