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1000 Wins for Jamie Plunkett! February 3, 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 3:13 PM by Meadville Hockey

Jamie Plunkett’s day at the rink was almost over. He had addressed the spectators during a brief ceremony on the ice. He had posed for photos with his team and his family. He had answered interview questions into the up-close lenses of the TV news cameras that had been dispatched down from Erie. And he had shaken the countless hands of fans and former players that lined his path from the ice to the locker room. 

One last interview and he could get out of there and go celebrate. 

“When we started the season we thought maybe we’ll get it this year, maybe we’ll get in next year,” said Plunkett, the head coach of the Meadville hockey team. “But then we got off to a good start and it just seemed to get here real quick. 

“And this guy here,” he added, indicating assistant coach Kyle Waite, “was bugging me about it for for a month.”

And the whole time Plunkett is saying this, his phone, laying behind him on his desk in the coaches’ room, is dinging with incoming text messages. They’re rapidly filling up his lock screen. “Ding!” In comes another one. Soon, the locker room’s landline will start to ring with a congratulatory phone call as well.

The word had gotten out. 

‘Chief’ got his grand. 

The Bulldogs defeated Crestwood, visiting from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 5-1 on Friday at the George S. DeArment Ice Arena. The win earned Plunkett one of the most impressive coaching milestones that the Meadville area — or any area, really — will ever witness.  

In his 31st season with the team, Plunkett has guided the Bulldogs to 90 ties, 425 losses, and now, 1,000 wins.

Pete Chiodo, Meadville Tribune