ORONO, Maine — Grant Standbrook’s name is synonymous with the success of the University of Maine men’s hockey team during its drive to national championships in 1993 and 1999.

Now, the former assistant coach and recruiter extraordinaire will have his name permanently attached to the program in another capacity.

Head coach Red Gendron and some unnamed friends are the driving forces behind the UMaine men’s hockey program’s establishment of the Grant Standbrook Maine Hockey Forever Fund.

The effort will join with the Savage Challenge, a matching program for gifts from hockey alumni, with a goal of raising $7 million for an endowment to support the Maine men’s ice hockey program.

Gendron has put his money where his proverbial mouth is, donating 5 percent of his $209,100 annual salary to the Standbrook fund, which translates to $10,455 per year.

According to a UMaine news release, the gift is the largest ever made by an active coach at the university.

“A wise man once told me that to succeed, we must begin with the end in mind,” Gendron said in a news release. “That said, there are two things that I want to achieve during my time as UMaine’s head coach. First, it is to win and it is to win championships. Second, I want to do my part to fix the financial piece of our program so that future generations of Maine players and coaches can focus exclusively on athletic and academic excellence.”

The Standbrook fund, established through the University of Maine Foundation, will honor a friend and longtime former coach and engage former players and coaches in building the Black Bear hockey endowment.

“Establishing a significant endowment for Maine hockey is critical, and will ensure long-term stability for the program, enable us to use a robust annual fund for program enhancement and focus future major gift efforts on capital enhancements,” UMaine director of athletics Karlton Creech said in a press release.

“Much of our competition is ahead of us when it comes to endowment, and it is imperative that we close this gap. By supporting this effort, former players and coaches can help us ensure that Maine Hockey is competing for Hockey East and national championships for years to come,” he added.

Respected as one of the top recruiters in college hockey history, Standbrook was an assistant coach at Maine from 1988 to 2008, serving as Maine’s primary recruiter during that span.

Standbrook won national championships with Wisconsin in 1977, 1981 and 1983 and with Maine in 1993 and 1999. Teams for which he coached went to 15 Frozen Fours.

He served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Olympic Team in 1976 and Team USA in 1974 and 1975. He has coached 70 NHL players and 30 Olympians. In 2005, he was awarded the the American Hockey Coaches Association’s Terry Flanagan Award for achievement by an assistant coach.

“We have a challenge: collectively matching Tom Savage’s magnanimous financial donation to the UM hockey program,” said Standbrook in a recent email to former players. “Most of the programs we compete against have much larger budgets. To be competitive with the top few teams in the nation, we have to provide coach Gendron with our tangible support in establishing a meaningful endowment to build and sustain long-term excellence.”

In October, UMaine benefactors Tom Savage and Sally Savage pledged $1 million to match all endowment gifts from former UMaine men’s ice hockey players and coaches, up to $1 million. UMaine hockey seeks more than $5 million in additional contributions to meet its $7 million goal.

Fans who wish to make a gift or pledge to the Grant Standbrook Maine Hockey Forever Fund, visit www.umaine.edu/development/give-now and select Black Bear Fund (UMaine Athletics). You will see an option for the Standbrook fund.