Warren E. Priestley
Warren E. Priestley
Hometown: Melrose, MA
Team: Ice Hockey

Warren E. "Git" Priestley '51
Hometown: Melrose, MA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1979

Warren E. "Git" Priestley '51, a three-time All Ivy performer, played a key role on the teams that brought Brown back to national hockey prominence in the post World War II years. A 5-11, 185-pounder out of Melrose, Mass., and Bridgton Academy, Priestly was the best two-way player on the 1947-48 freshman team that lost only to Yale and helped reintroduce the sport to Brown after a seven-year lapse. His sophomore season coincided with Brown's entrance into the well-established Pentagonal League, at that time hockey's version of the Ivy League. The Bears finished a respectable third behind Dartmouth and Harvard, and there were thrills along the way. Git Priestley scored the winning goal in overtime as Brown edged Harvard, 6-5, our first victory over the Crimson in 50 years, or since Brown beat Harvard at Franklin Field, Boston, in 1898 in the nation's first intercollegiate ice hockey game. Priestley also had a goal in Brown's first hockey victory ever against a Dartmouth hockey team. He ended the season as the team's second leading scorer, in addition to playing a solid defensive game. Git Priestley had a junior year that players dream about but seldom achieve. He had the hat trick against Army, scored key goals in the victory over Dartmouth and the two-game sweep of Harvard, and ended as the team's leading scorer with 42 points and the league's second-leading scorer. The Bruins won their first league championship that year and Priestley received All-American honorable mention honors. The 1950-51 team repeated as league champion, ended 17-5, and went on to the NCAA's in Colorado Springs, defeating defending national champion Colorado, 8-4, before losing to Michigan in the battle for the national championship. "The teams of those years had ability and moxie," says their coach, Westcott E.S. Moulton. "Of all the men I've coached, none skated both ends of the ice better than Priestley." The former Bruin star is now with the C.I.A. in Washington, D.C.