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Eddie Olson Class of 2008

Eddie Olson's brothers taught him to skate when he was 12, and his ice hockey career began. Eddie's prestigious amateur hockey career started in 1939 as a member of the Marquette, Michigan Sentinels, the U.S. Coast Guard Clippers, and the Oakland, California Oaks. As a professional, Eddie started with the St. Louis Flyers in 1946, then the Cleveland Barons in 1950, the Victoria Cougars in 1955, the Huntington West Virginia Hornets in 1956, and the Fort Wayne, Indiana Komets in 1957.

Career highlights, for Eddie, include the 1953 and 1955 American Hockey League Scoring Titles - and being the first American born player to earn this honor. Eddie comp0eted for that title against Guyle Fielder from the St. Louis Flyers. 1953 also marked the year Eddie was voted the league's MVP. His career was punctuated with inductions into the St. Louis Hall of Fame (1971), the Cleveland Hall of Fame (1971), the Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame (1979), and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame (1977).

In the early 1960's, Eddie along with former Flyers teammates Bouncer Taylor, Shrimp McPherson, Leo Carbol, and George Milligan organized what would be the first youth hockey team in St. Louis at Steinberg. He would go on to coach the St. Louis Country Club teams and the Ladue High School Club Hockey , where he won the High School Coach of the Year Award three times in 15 years. " I would say there are two people that stand out for me: Mel Harwood, head coach of the Coast Guard Clippers, and Jim Hendy, owner of the Cleveland Barons".




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