Bill Innocent
Bill Innocent

There are four Boston State men's ice hockey players, a Boston State men's ice hockey coach and a UMass Boston men's ice hockey team that have been inducted into the UMass Boston Hall of Fame, but Bill Innocent becomes the first UMB player to receive the honor. He is arguably, the best defenseman to ever pull on a Beacons' sweater. The blueliner is the school's all-time leader among defensemen in games (101), goals (15), assists (66) and points (81) and ranks seventh among all players in career assists, fourth in games played and is 20th in points. During his four-year career, the Beacons put together a 60-39-7 (.599) mark, but it was his senior campaign where everything came together. Innocent led UMass Boston with 30 assists, while helping it to a number seven national ranking and a three-week stay in the national polls, while posting a 15-10-0 mark for the season. He led the Beacons with a plus/minus mark of +23, assisted on game-winning goals over Division I Army and at sixth-ranked Middlebury and was a three-time ECAC East/West Defenseman of the Week. The 1992 UMass Boston graduate capped his season by being named an American Hockey Coaches Association All-American as well as an All-New England and ECAC Second Team selection. Innocent was an integral part of UMass Boston's 1990-91 edition that finished 16-7-3, including a school-best 14-5-3 mark in ECAC East/West play.