Hall of Fame: Joseph Barss (1969)

Joseph Barss
Joseph Barss

Joseph Barss

Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Coached: 1923-1927


Dr. Joseph Barss was born in India and raised in Nova Scotia.  He played college hockey at McGill and Acadia Universities and professional hockey for the Montreal Wanderers.  In 1919, Dr. Barss came to Ann Arbor to study medicine, receiving his degree in 1924.  He became the principal organizer of post-war hockey at the University of Michigan.  In 1922, during his third year of medical school, he became Michigan’s first varsity hockey coach.  In five years of coaching, his teams won twenty-six games, lost twenty-one, and tied four.

In 1924-1925, his team won Michigan’s first conference hockey championship and his 1926-1927 team tied with Minnesota for first place.  He retired as Michigan’s Ice Hockey Head Coach in 1927.  Dr. Barss passed away 26 January 1971.


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