Wally Olds

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Wally Olds
Born (1949-08-17)August 17, 1949
Warroad, MN, USA
Died January 11, 2009(2009-01-11) (aged 59)
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Played for New York Raiders
Chicago Cougars
Calgary Cowboys
National team  United States
NHL Draft 69th overall, 1969
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1971–1982
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 1972 Sapporo Ice Hockey

Walter Raymond Olds (August 17, 1949 – January 11, 2009) was an ice hockey player who played three seasons in the World Hockey Association for the New York Raiders, the Chicago Cougars, and Calgary Cowboys between 1973 and 1976. He was born in Warroad, Minnesota and raised in Baudette, Minnesota. As an amateur, he played for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team where he was an all-American defenseman, followed by the United States Olympic team at the 1972 Winter Olympics where he earned a silver medal. He was drafted 69th overall by the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft but never played in the National Hockey League due to his strong opposition to fighting, choosing instead to sign with the Raiders of the rival WHA.

Olds left North American professional hockey following the 1975-76 season and moved to Europe, where he continued playing for eight years in Austria (1976–77), Germany (1977–80),Switzerland (1980–81),Sweden (1981–82),and Norway (1982–83). He was recalled by the US national team for the 1977, 1979 and 1981 Ice Hockey World Championships tournaments.

Olds lost his short battle with colon cancer on January 11, 2009.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1969–70
AHCA West All-American 1969–70
All-WCHA Second Team 1970–71

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