'Hockeytown, USA' Mourns Loss of Hall of Famer Roger ChristianWARROARD, MN (WDAZ-TV) - 1960 Hockey Gold Medalist and Warroad legend Roger Christian has died at age 75. Christian, who was born in Warroad on December 1st, 1935, died Wednesday at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
WARROARD, MN (WDAZ-TV) - 1960 Hockey Gold Medalist and Warroad legend Roger Christian has died at age 75. Christian, who was born in Warroad on December 1st, 1935, died Wednesday at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
In 1960 Roger Christian teamed with brother Billy to help lead the United States Hockey team to the Gold Medal in Squaw Valley.
Roger also played on the 1964 Olympic Hockey team.
He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. Roger and Billy also started the Christian Brothers Hockey Stick Company.
Ginny Christian remembered his brother Roger as one on the greatest. Roger and his younger brother Billy both helped the 1960 U.S. Hockey Team bring home its first gold medal.
"After the 1960 Olympics, they had tryouts with Seattle in the Western Hockey League, but they could get as much money in Warroad and they came home," Ginny said.
And that's where Roger and his brothers would play and coach hockey and help Warroad earn the title of "Hockeytown USA."
"One of the most enjoyable players to watch was Roger. He just had tremendous ability," Roger's friend Clair Knudson said.
Ginny says Roger was a hard worker with a good shot. He honed his skills under some tough conditions.
"Grew up on the river here, Skated on the river here and skated outdoors. We never had a indoor rink until 1949," Ginny said.
In the late 50's the three brothers played together for the Warroad Lakers, and they made it to a world tour tournament in Oslo, Norway.
Their hockey hero images are displayed today in the town's hockey arena.
And while Roger Christian may be gone, he will always be an important part of these Warroad Hockey walls of fame.