Harry C. Batchelder, Jr.
Harry C. Batchelder, Jr.
Hometown: Sandwich, NH
Team: Ice Hockey

Harry C. Batchelder, Jr. '58
Hometown: Sandwich, NH
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1983

Harry c. Batchelder, Jr. '58 was the kind of goalie you never forget, the kind who gives you chills by playing outside the crease, the kind who insures a team's big upset by making 58 saves. Indeed, the last occurred early in his junior year when the Bruins beat heavily-favored Boston College, 6-3, in a game that the Brown Daily Herald described as "amazing and unbelievable!" The BDH pulled out all the stops with adjectives describing Batch's play that night: "phenomenal goaltending," "outstanding," turning aside many 'labeled' shots. "The second period," wrote the BDH reporter, "found the brilliant goaltending of Batchelder overshadowing all other aspects of play. Due to his unbelievable saves, the Eagles were held scoreless during that period." It was a "truly unforgettable victory," somewhat like Batchelder himself. In his last collegiate game, Batchelder again faced Boston College, this time on the Boston Arena ice. Brown, reported the Providence Journal, "routed Boston College, 10-4...bulwarked by another spectacular performance by goalie Harry Batchelder (who) had 32 saves, raising his total for the year to an amazing 802." Such play did not go unrecognized. In 1957, Batch was named All-New England and All-Ivy second team, Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Player in the Boston Christmas Tournament, and All-East. In 1958, he made the All-New England and All-Ivy first teams as well as All-East again, and repeated his MVP and Outstanding Player awards in the Boston Christmas Tournament. He also was named to first team all-stars in the RPI Invitational Tournament. After his graduation from Brown, Batchelder served three years in the Air Force's Strategic Air Command as a pilot, and flew with the 40th Fighter Interceptors Squadron. But he managed to get time off from duty to join the Brockton (Mass.) Hockey Club - the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association champions - on a five-game tour of the Soviet Union. While the Americans lost all five contests, in their last game against the Moscow Dynamo team Batchelder turned in another of his clutch performances. "With goalie Harry Batchelder playing brilliantly, Brockton held the Dynamos scoreless until midway through the second period," reported the Providence Journal on November 23, 1959. Batch's outstanding hockey career ended there, having begun many years earlier under the tutelage of his father, Harry Sr., a University of New Hampshire alumnus who donated funds for that institution's Batchelder Memorial Skating Rink. As a freshman at Peabody, Mass., High School, Batchelder rose quickly to the starting position and became one of the finest goalies ever developed there by Coach Charlie Carlin. Batch was captain of Peabody's 1953 team and was named best goalie in the North Shore Hockey League. At both Peabody and Brown, he was an outstanding student and a leader in student government and organizations. Batchelder earned his law degree at the University of Virginia in 1963, and now is a partner in a New York City law practice. He lives in Sandwich, New Hampshire.