Olson Brothers: Allan,
The Nine Olson Brothers all
played hockey; six of them were born in Hancock. The Olson Ice Arena in Marquette, Mich was named after them. In all, the Olson brothers are members of a dozen Halls of
The Olson brother's info and pictures were provided
by Olympic Gold and Silver Medal Winner, Weldon Olson, who recorded their
hockey biographies for their family reunion, along with internet database
on these hockey playing Olson brothers.
|The Olson Brothers
Nine Hockey Players
| Four of
the Olson brothers played hockey for Michigan Tech: Mark, Roy, Ted who played in
the late 1940's, and older brother, Allan played for Tech in the mid
1930s. In 1947-48, the three brothers made a trip out to the West Coast
with the MTU team; where in one game, Roy scored one and brother Ted two
and brother Mark one to complete a 4 - 1 victory over the San Francisco
Club team; all 4 goals scored by Olson brothers.
Olson Brothers at MTU
from left: Mark, Roy, Ted
March 19, 1966, the 9 brothers along with their sons and nephews, played a regulation
game in Pekin, Il for a March of Dimes benefit, wearing Marquette Iron
Rangers uniforms against the Pekin Stars senior team. With the help of a
goaltender (Harry Wilson), the Olson team won the game 14-5.
This is the first, and only time, the 9 brothers skated together.
|Olson Family Hockey Team
Standing L-R: Wesley, Allan, Paul, Gordon, Eddie, Roy,
Ted, Mark, Weldy.
Kneeling L-R: Rick (Mark's son), Jay (Gordon), Bruce (Allan), David (Roy), Paul
(Ted), Mike (Mark).
|Some of the brothers also played on the Marquette
Marquette Sentinels 19??
Back Row L-Rt: Swenor, Boesler, Vasseau, Eady, Quinn, Ogle.
Middler Row L-Rt: Coach Wesley Olson, Wanberg, Van Overloop,
Gordon Olson, Roy Olson, Matt Reynolds -trainer.
Seated L-T: Lawrence Brunelle, Mascot White, DeMarinis, O'Neil, Marlowe.
F. Olson (1913-1995) was born in Hancock; he was the second of 9 hockey
playing Olson brothers. Allan played 2 seasons
of hockey on scholarship for Michigan Tech 1933-35 in his junior and senior
years. While at MTU,
he competed in four different sports: 2 years hockey, 2 years basketball, one
year football and 4 years track. In one game against the University of Michigan,
he scored three goals in a seven minute span making "flop shots" erasing a two goal deficit and gaining the victory. In 1935, he
was named First team Midwest Hockey All-Star and in 19-- the All-American 2nd
team. He often had to play against his brothers when MTU played Marquette Senior
Hockey. After college, he returned to Marquette and joined his brothers on the Millionaires
and the Buccaneers teams until the war interrupted his hockey
playing. After the war, he was the driving force in organizing the youth hockey
program in Marquette as an administrator and fund raiser for the program. He
served as the President of the Marquette Sentinels in the early 1950s and helped
direct the fund drive for the Lakeview Ice Arena in the early 1970s. He
has been a member of the MTU Varsity Club since 1933, a member of the Huskies
Club since its inception and is still active in the MTU Alumni Association.
Allan was inducted into the
Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
need picture here in hockey uniform
Edward F. Olson
(1922-1995) Edward was born in Hancock; he was the fifth of the 9 Olson brother hockey players.
He played hockey with the great "Ching" Johnson when he was with the
Marquette team; Eddie went on to play for the US Coast Guard Cutters 2 seasons 1942-44, Oakland Oaks
1945-46, St Louis Flyers 4 seasons 1946-1950, St Louis-Cleveland 1950-51,
Cleveland Barons for 5 seasons 1950-55, where he became the first United States
born player to win the AHL scoring title, winning it twice: in 1952-53 and
1954-55. He was also the MVP in 1952-53 and was voted to the first All-Star team
twice: 1953 & 1955; while he was on the Barons they won three AHL
Championships 1952, 53, 54. In 1952-53, he received the Les
Cunningham Award for MVP in the AHL, in 1952-53 and again in 1954-55 he was
awarded the John B. Sollenberger Trophy for most points in an AHL season.
In 1955-56, Eddie became the First U.S. born coach of a Canadian team in Canada,
leading the WHL Victoria Cougars to a first place finish as a player/coach. The
next two seasons he coached in the IHL, guiding the Huntington Hornets 1956-57
and the Fort Wayne Komets 1957-58 to second place finishes. In 1958 Eddie
retired from professional hockey, but not from the sport. He returned to St
Louis and was instrumental in the development of youth hockey in the area,
coaching AHAUS teams and the Ladue High School team for 15 years 1972-1987. He
never had a losing season in any amateur or high school leagues. At the same time,
he served as a referee and linesman 1959-1982 in the NHL, Central Pro Hockey
League, AHAUS, Collegiate and High School leagues. He spent 25 years
1967-92 as the supervisor of off-ice officials and scorer for the St Louis
Blues. In 1971, he was inducted into the St. Louis Hockey Hall of Fame in
Missouri, and the Cleveland Baron Hall of Fame in Ohio. He was awarded the
High School Coach of the year three times, the St Louis Blues Lynn Patrick
Award, Unsung Hero Award, and the Outstanding Service to Youth Hockey Award. Ed was inducted into the
US Hockey Hall of Fame in
1977 and the
UP Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
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Gordon C. Olson (1918-1983)
was born in Hancock, was the fourth of the 9 Olson brother hockey players. From the mid 1930s to the mid 60's, Gordy was playing or
refereeing every season except those spent at sea with the U.S. Navy. Playing on
Marquette teams, he started
with the Millionaires in about 1936 then the Buccaneers and the Sentinels before
the war caused him to temporarily hang up the blades. After the war, he returned
to the Sentinels in the late 40's and played defense until 1954. need picture
here in hockey uniform
M. Olson, Mark was born 1927 in Marquette, was the 8th born of the 9 Olson brother hockey
players. Mark was a four year letter winner and three time most valuable player
for Michigan Tech Hockey 1946-50; playing in 71 games, he had 50 goals
and 68 assists and was the Captain of the team in his last 2 seasons here. He
went on to play seven seasons of semipro hockey. After moving to Peoria, Il in
1963, he was instrumental in starting and organizing hockey there as a player,
coach, referee and administrator. He is still active with the Peoria Rivermen of
the International League. In 1986, Marcus was inducted into the
Sports Hall of Fame, in 1987 the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1993 the Peoria Professional Hockey Hall of Fame -Builders Division.
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Paul W. Olson (1916-1970)
was born in Hancock, was the third born of the 9 Olson brother hockey players. He played three
championship seasons with the Marquette Wild Geese Junior team in the early
1930's. He played with the Marquette Millionaires as part of the W.P.A. line (Wackey,
Paul and Allan) from 1934-1937. (The WPA was President Roosevelt's answer to
unemployment during the great depression.) The team had great fan support chartering a
train from Marquette to Calumet to watch their games. need picture here in
John Whittaker, Gibson Cup,
Mark Olson (on right)
player for Escanaba Hawks
Photo courtesy of Mim Whittaker
J. Olson (1923-1997) was born in Hancock, he was the sixth of the 9 Olson brother hockey players. He played
hockey for Michigan Tech for two years in the late 1940s. He returned to
Marquette and played with the Sentinels where he lead the Northern Michigan
League with 40 assists in 1952-53 along with 21 goals. need picture here in
H. Olson, born 1925 in Marquette, was the 7th of the 9 Olson brother hockey players.
After time with the Marines, Ted was a four year hockey letter winner for Michigan Tech
1946-50: in 71 games, he had 62
goals and 62 assists. He is one of just 57 MTU players ever to reach the 100
point mark in his career. In 2003, he is still the 2nd all time points per
game leader with 1.75 and still holds the MTU record for most points in a period
with six, in a game February 3, 1950. Ted and Mark became one of college
hockey's all time great brother combinations. After college, he refereed in the Western
Collegiate Hockey League and joined brother Mark with the Escanaba Hawks in the
Northern Michigan League. In the Championship game for the coveted Gibson Trophy
in 1953-54 against Portage Lake he scored all three goals in the 3-2 victory for
the Gibson Cup. He moved to St. Paul, Mn in the late 1950s refereeing at the
college and High school levels and for 17 years as the timekeeper in the
Minnesota HS tournament playoffs and occasionally would be the goal judge at the
Minnesota North Stars games. need picture here in hockey uniform
Ted was inducted into the
Photo courtesy of MTU
Weldon H. Olson: Weldy was born 1932 in Marquette, was the ninth born of the 9 Olson brother hockey
players. He played four years for the Michigan State Spartans
every game without injury, he was named MVP, and Co-Captain, and held the school
career scoring record with 125 points. In one game he scored 4 goals in a
6-4 loss to Minnesota Feb 9, 1952. After setting school records, he won
a spot on the 1956 US Olympic Team. They played at Cortina, D'Ampezzo, Italy where the US team won a Silver Medal, beating Canada, but
losing to Russia. The next three seasons, Olson spent with the US National team.
They missed the World Championships in 1957 because of the Hungarian uprising. He
was Captain of the 1958 team which captured fourth place at Prague,
Czechoslovakia. The 1958 team was the first North American team to visit the
Soviet Union in March of 1958. He played with the 1959 US National Team. The next Olympics were in the United States at
Squaw Valley, California. Weldy was on this 1960 US Olympic Team when they
captured the Gold Medal; the first won by a
U.S. team in the 40 year history of the Winter Olympics. He went on to be a long time
referee, amateur coach, official, board member and league administrator. In
1974, he was the first
hockey player named to the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1984, he
was inducted into the
Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1993, he was given the Michigan State University Distinguished Hockey Alumnus
Award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Michigan State University
Athletic Hall of Fame, East Lansing, MI. In 2003, he was inducted into the
Hancock county Ohio Sports Hall of Fame in Findlay, Ohio. And, as part of the1960 USA
Gold winning Olympic Team; in 1989, he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic
Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colo, in 2000, he was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame,
and in 2002, he received the Lester Patrick Award
from the NHL for
outstanding service to hockey in the United States; they are only the 3rd team in the 35 year history of
the Award to receive this honor. Weldon Olson is one of only five players who
won Gold and Silver Olympic ice hockey medals during the 20th Century:
Bill Cleary, John Mayasich, Dick Meredith, Dick Rodenhiser, and Olson.
1956 US Olympic Team
Silver Medal Team
Weldon Olson is front row 3rd from left.
on 1960 US Olympic Gold Medal Team
1960 Gold Olympic
& 1956 Silver Olympic Medals
1960 US Olympic Team
Gold Medal Team
Photos & info courtesy of Weldon Olson.
Wesley H. Olson (1911-1974)
was born in Hancock, he was the oldest of 11 children; the 9 brothers and 2 sisters who
were also very good skaters. "Wackey"
moved with his family from Hancock to Marquette when he was a teenager. He played junior
hockey, and in 1930, he played with the Marquette Owls. He played in the U.P
Semi-Pro baseball league and performed in the Marquette Figure Skating Club
ice shows. At the age of 20, he played with the Upper
Peninsula Huskies in the Michigan Olympic Hockey Trials in 1932 in Detroit as
their youngest, or one of their youngest, players. Wackey played with the Haley AC in the Michigan Ontario
League in Detroit; he was the first of the Olsons to leave home for a chance to
play hockey. When he returned to Marquette, he reorganized the Senior hockey
club under the name Millionaires "when we didn't have a cent to start
with". He played with Marquette teams: the Millionaires, Buccaneers and the
Sentinels. The peak of his game came in the 1930s when the depression was
deepest and hockey was a hobby, not a profession. He is remembered for
developing the "kick shot" using his leg as a fulcrum, he would whip his top stick hand back and propel the puck at unbelievable speeds. This
shot was later banned because of it's speed and inaccuracy. Over all these
years, Wackey has been a long time hockey supporter, organizer, coach, referee
and radio announcer. Wesley was inducted into the
Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Upper Peninsula Huskies in Michigan
Olympic Hockey Trials 1932
Standing L-R: Mike Kadjan, Wesley Koski, Wesley Olson, Chet Berryman, Francis
Ruelle, Emil Riutti, Henry Latva, Sam Kokko.
Kneeling L-R: Lucky Lacoursiere, Toivi Riutti, Jacob Musich, Emil
Klingbiel and William Lanksbury.
Picture from the Detroit News, January 2, 1932
In those days, the Olympic
team was selected through a playoff system and the entire winning team
represented the United States. After playing to a scoreless tie on Jan 2nd, the
UP Huskies beat the Lower Peninsula team 4-1 the next night; but the extra game
cost the team their travel day. After an overnight trip to Minneapolis, the
Huskies lost to the University of Minnesota, ending their Olympic hopes. In the
end, a team from New York/New England represented the US at Lake Placid and won
a silver medal.