J. Allan Soares
J. Allan Soares
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Team: Ice Hockey

J. Allan Soares '60
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1991

Allan Soares came to Brown from Cranston, and went on to become one of Brown's great defensemen, and a co-captain. His coach, the late Jim Fullerton, lists him as one of his best defensemen. During his time on the blue line, the Brown sextet had some great victories, including a 7-0 win over Cornell and a 10-4 victory over Boston College in Boston. His most memorable event, however, was the Boston Arena Christmas Tournament in 1959. The Bruins, playing shorthanded (one of Brown's lines was snowed in Buffalo.), defeated the Eastern champs, Boston University, 3-2, lost to the Canadian champions, University of Toronto, and closed out the tournament with a 3-2 win over Providence College. Allan, along with Rod McGarry and Dave Kelly, was named to the All-Tournament team. He was named All-Ivy all three years of his varsity career and as a senior he was also named first team All-East and first team All-New England. Upon leaving Brown he went on to play with the Eastern Olympic team and professionally with the Rhode Island Reds and the New Haven Blades. Later Allan contributed to the Brown hockey scene again, first as freshman coach from 1963-70, following Jim Fullerton as varsity coach from 1970-74, and was responsible for recruiting some of Brown's great players in the 70s. He went on from coaching to begin a very successful business career and he is currently president of the Benefit Development Group. Even as a businessman, Allan managed o fit in more hockey and coached Roger Williams College from 1976-1981, taking his team to the NAIA National Championship. Allan and his wife Karen live in Barrington and they have two children, John and Kristine.