Saturday

Jim Sedin

While twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin look to cement their Olympics Legend status at Vancouver 2010, it should be noted that they were not the first Sedin to compete in hockey at the Winter Olympics.

That honour goes to Jim Sedin, a Californian born forward who played with Team USA at both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.

Sedin was particularly notable in the 1952 games in Oslo, Norway where at age 21 he helped USA capture the silver medal as the youngest player on the team.

The Minnesota Golden Gopher star forward scored the tying goal against gold medalist Canada with just three minutes to play. By poking the puck past goalie Ralph Hansch late in the game, Sedin cinched a 3-3 tie against Canada, blemishing the Edmonton Mercuries otherwise flawless Olympics.

That game against Canada was an unlikely result. Canada launched 58 shots on American goalie Dick Desmond, while Hansch faced only 13.

Sedin would return with Team USA at the 1956 Olympics in Italy, but would go home without a medal.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

You can look for Jim (with considerably less hair than in the photo) and his lovely wife Mary Louise, in the fourth row of the upcoming Bronze Medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics!

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