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U.P. Sports Hall of Famer Fred DeVuono of Sault Ste. Marie dies

MARQUETTE — Former hockey standout and coach Fred DeVuono of Sault Ste. Marie has died, marking the fourth inductee of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame to pass away in the past month.

DeVuono, 84, died Tuesday in a Petoskey hospital of an apparent heart attack.

He played for Michigan State University, which finished second in the NCAA hockey tournament in 1959. The 2001 UPSHF inductee later coached in Sault Ste. Marie and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

His Sault Iroquois won the National Midget Open championship in 1962 before he guided three Green Bay teams to state titles. He returned home to direct Sault High School to Class B state titles in 1984 and 1989 in addition to four runner-up finishes. He compiled a 323-121-13 career record.

DeVuono had also served on the UPSHF executive council since 2006.

In the past month, UPSHF inductees John Ralston, John Ludlow and Joell (Johnson) Krejcarek also passed away.