Walter Bush

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Walter Lewis Bush, Jr. (September 25, 1929 – September 22, 2016) was an American ice hockey administrator. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1955, he helped start the Central Hockey League, which turned into one of the few successful minor professional hockey leagues of that era. He was also instrumental in bringing National Hockey League hockey to his home state with the Minnesota North Stars as a minority owner. As the president of USA Hockey for nearly two decades, he was instrumental in the efforts which brought women’s hockey into the Olympic program in 1998. He assumed in June 2003 the position of USA Hockey’s chairman of the board, a position he was still holding in May 2009.

From 1996 to 2001, he was the owner and chairman of the board of the American Hockey League's Kentucky Thoroughblades.

He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980 and later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. He was awarded the Olympic Order in 2002,[1] and was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2009.

He was portrayed in the 2004 Disney film Miracle by Sean McCann. Bush died on September 22, 2016, at the age of 86.[2]

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