Builders

Art Berglund
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Name

Art Berglund

Community

Fort Frances

Induction Sport

Hockey

Induction Year

2004

Biography

Growing up in Fort Frances, this builder was active in a variety of sports, but it was in hockey where he would truly find his niche, enjoying a professional building career that has spanned 5 decades and taken him from the local to the world level.

A member of a number of Fort Frances hockey teams, 'Bugs' played in the US system with Colorado College during the 1960s and on the professional circuit in Europe, before embarking on his sports administration career.

Signing on at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs in 1967, his talents soon caught the attention of USA Hockey, who named him Manager of their 1973 National Men's Team. This marked the first of what would be over 20 such managerial positions taking teams to compete in tournaments around the world. His knowledge and passion for the game saw him advance to become Director of National Teams and International Activities for USA Hockey for over a decade and being named their Senior Director of International Administration in 1996, a position he holds to this day.

Attending his first Olympics as General Manager of the US squad in Innsbruck, he served as Chair of the 1984 Olympic Player Selection Committee, GM of the 1988 Team in Calgary and Director of Player Personal for the 1992, 1994 and 2002 Olympics, helping to engineer that countries silver medal victory in Salt Lake City.

Active in the International Ice Hockey Federation, he has taken teams to numerous World Junior Championships dating back to 1977 and oversaw the organization of the US National Team that captured the bronze medal at the 1996 IIHF World Championships.

Not just limiting his building career to amateur hockey, he served in the NHL as a Scout for both the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Rockies during the 1970s and early 80s. Art's efforts have not gone unnoticed, receiving the 1992 Lester Patrick Award from the NHL and the 2000 Jim Fullerton Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association.

From those early days of learning the game of hockey on the rinks of Fort Frances, to overseeing a nation's international hockey programme, Art Berglund has truly enjoyed success as a professional sports builder.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25, 2004