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.
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, and was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2009.
- List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame
- List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame
- List of members of the IIHF Hall of Fame
- "Olympic Order Awarded to Hockey Celebrities". IOC. February 19, 2002. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
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