Minnesota Hockey Greats: Homegrown Talent in the NHL

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The years 1960 to 1982 were a watershed moment for Minnesota hockey, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes has enjoyed hockey success ever since. In that time, pioneering homegrown players like Bill Nyrop, Dave Langevin, Reed Larson, Mike Ramsey, Dave Christian, Neal Broten, Paul Holmgren and Phil Housley established themselves as bona fide stars at the game’s highest and most competitive level. More recently, another remarkable group of native sons—including Zach Parise, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien and T.J. Oshie—left their mark on the league. Profiling more than seventy players and compiling Minnesota NHL records gathered nowhere else, Jeff Olson celebrates the brilliant achievements of Minnesotans in the National Hockey League.
ISBN: 9781467150958
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Minnesota
Series: Sports
Images: 19
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jeff Olson has coached hockey at a number of levels. He’s coached youth hockey Pee Wee and Bantam teams; high school as an assistant coach at West St. Paul Sibley, New Ulm and Litchfield; and small colleges as an assistant at Hamline University. He also officiated youth and adult hockey and served as an organizer of the Gunderson Lake Conference Hockey Awards Scholarship Golf Classic for a number of years. He has served in a number of capacities with a number of Minnesota nonprofits and charities: board chair of STEP Academy, a Minnesota Charter School; president of Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, Fort Snelling State Park Association and Eden Prairie Rotary A.M. Club; commissioner of Three Rivers Park District; and president of All Saints Lutheran Church of Minnetonka.
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