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Al Van

Full name: Allen Alfred "Al" Van
Gender: Male
Born: March 30, 1915 in Newport, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 27, 1995 in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Saint Paul (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Ice Hockey

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Allen Van is the oldest American to ever win a medal in Olympic hockey. With a 1945 letter in hockey from Minnesota, he also is that school’s oldest hockey letterman. Van had one of the longest amateur careers ever He first played for the U.S. National team at the 1938 World Championships and repeated on the team in the following year. He would eventually represent the United States seven times internationally – a mark bettered only by John Mayasich, and matched only by 1980 Olympic coach, Herb Brooks. One of Van’s international appearances was at St. Moritz in 1948 as a member of the AAU team which did not actually participate in the Olympics, because of the controversy surrounding that Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Final Standings 2 1952-02-15 0 0 4
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #1 1 1952-02-15 USA 3, NOR 2 0 0 0
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #7 1 1952-02-16 USA 8, GER 2 0
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #13 1 1952-02-18 USA 8, FIN 2 0 0 2
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #18 1 1952-02-19 USA 8, SUI 2 0 0 0
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #21 2 1952-02-21 SWE 4, USA 2 0 0
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #27 1 1952-02-22 USA 5, POL 3 0 0 0
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #32 1 1952-02-23 USA 6, TCH 3 0 0 2
1952 Winter 36 Oslo Ice Hockey United States USA Round-Robin Match #36 1T 1952-02-24 USA 3, CAN 3 0 0 0
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