Daryel McCarrel - Coaching, Hockey
Year Inducted: 2015
To say Daryel McCarrel has hockey in his blood would be an understatement.
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., McCarrel started playing minor hockey in Soo, Canada. His talent and determination eventually earned him a spot on the Soo Indian Junior B team, where he played for four years. He helped the Indians win the All Ontario Championship in 1977.
McCarrel started his coaching career as an assistant coach for the same Indian team. After a three year stint as a head coach in AAA in Soo, Canada, he headed to Port Huron with his wife Julie in 1986.
Upon his arrival in town, McCarrel joined Paul Jones as an assistant coach for the Port Huron Jayhawk Bantam AA team. This led to an opportunity to coach high school hockey at Port Huron Northern in 1987.
McCarrel transformed Northern into a recognized state power, but he has always credited his players and coaching staff for the success of the program. He is currently ranked No. 4 in wins among active coaches in the sate and No. 8 on the all-time list for wins in the state.
Under McCarrel, the Huskies have won 12 regional championships, reached six Final Fours and own one state runner-up finish. He was selected Division 2, Coach of the Year for the State of Michigan in 2012.
He continues to coach Northern hockey and resides in Clyde Township with his wife.