Nelson continues hockey legacy

Updated: April 2, 2010, 12:18 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra

Pay attention, here's a history lesson: Warroad, Minn., sits in the Northwest corner of the state, just south of the Canadian border on the shores of Lake of the Woods. Once a large Chippewa Indian village, the tribe fought vicious wars against the Sioux over the rice fields along the lake. The Sioux attacked by way of the Red and Roseau rivers, and their route ended at the mouth of the Warroad River. It was this actual "war road" that gave the town and the river their names.

But in recent years, the Warroad River has seen less warring and more hockey playing. Billy Christian learned to play hockey on that frozen river, then played for Team USA in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and starred for the Warroad Lakers. His son, Dave Christian, was a member of the Miracle on Ice team in 1980. Now, Brock Nelson, Billy's grandson and Dave's nephew, is the next in line. "When I was very young, I started skating with my grandpa on the river by his house," Nelson says. "I was probably eight or so when I took a picture with my uncle's gold medal and realized my family had a special hockey history. I talk to them all the time. They give me lots of advice and pointers."