I can remember while making my rounds my first weekend as a freshman at New England College running into a group of hockey players. The excitement was obvious. All they could talk about was being part of the rejuvenation of Pilgrims hockey. They were the latest recruits for Coach Bill Beaney who was entering his second year as the head coach of the New England College mens ice hockey team. That was twenty-nine years ago. Fast forward to the present. That was why it was so appropriate that when Coach Beaney got his 500th career win last Saturday, it came in Henniker, N.H., where it all started, when his Middlebury College Panthers beat the New England College Pilgrims 6 - 3 in ECAC action. With Saturdays win Beaney became just the eighteenth mens hockey head coach to reach the five hundred win plateau. Beaney, after coaching BFA-St. Albans to three Vermont high school championships began his college coaching career in 1979 as the head coach of the New England College Pilgrims. In seven seasons there he turned the mens hockey program around, while compiling a 86 - 76 - 8 record, and leading the Pilgrims farther into the post season then they had ever been. He left Henniker in 1986 to take over as the head coach of the Middlebury Panthers. In the past twenty-one seasons Beaney has gone 414-115-28 with eight NCAA Division III national championships. Beaneys career record of last Saturday was 500-191-36.