Hall of Fame 2019

Bryant McBride '84

With a recommendation from West Point, Bryant McBride arrived at Williston in 1983 as a postgraduate from Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada. In the fall, Bryant was an All WNEPSSA all-star midfielder for soccer Coach Ray Brown on a team that won or tied 12 of its 16 games. During the winter, he was a stalwart on the ice for Coach Bob Shaw’s hockey team, where he was known for his heady play and tough checking. He won MVP honors, helping his team to the New England tournament. In the spring, he learned a new sport, competing on the track team where he was a standout sprinter. After Williston, McBride headed off to West Point where he played on the varsity soccer and hockey teams for the Cadets. He transferred to Trinity College where he enjoyed a tremendous career on and off the ice. He was a member of three championship teams and was named All NESCAC as a senior. Since his graduation, Bryant has continued to make his mark in the sports world. He was Vice President of Business Development for the National Hockey League from 1991-2000; became a member of the New York Road Runners Board, 1992-present; created the NHL/USA Hockey Diversity Task Force (now Hockey is for Everyone) in 1993; hired Willie O’Ree as the NHL Ambassador in 1994; became a founding member of New York Run For Kids; and produced “Willie,” an award-winning feature-length documentary about the life of the first black NHL player, Willie O’Ree, in 2019. Beyond this work, McBride has competed in 26 marathons, including Boston and New York. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Tina, and their three children.