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Former CCHA Commissioner Ruehl, 83, Passes Away

CHN Staff Report

Former CCHA commissioner James Ruehl passed away Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was 83.

Ruehl had spent 16 years on Bowling Green's football coaching staff before becoming director of BGSU's ice arena, while also teaching there. After 10 years at that post, Ruehl was named CCHA commissioner in 1982.

Ruehl had already been the league's director of officiating for two seasons when he took the role as commissioner. He spent three years as the league's second commissioner, stepping down in 1985. He dropped the ceremonial puck before the 25th anniversary CCHA championship game.

“He was not only outstanding at what he did at the ice arena and as commissioner, he was one of the finest gentlemen I’ve been associated with,” former BG athletic director Jim Lessig told the Toledo Blade.

Ruehl is credited with overseeing the growth of the arena, particularly in the community, during his time at Bowling Green.

Ruehl played center and linebacker at Ohio State. Doyt Perry was an assistant under legendary OSU coach Woody Hayes before becoming head coach at Bowling Green, so he took Ruehl as his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

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