Friday, November 11, 2011
Roger Christian dies; won gold in 1960
WARROAD, Minn. -- Roger Christian, who helped the U.S. hockey team win the 1960 Olympic gold medal, died Wednesday. He was 75.
Roger and brother Billy Christian were linemates on the U.S. team in the Squaw Valley Games. The key decision was a 3-2 victory against the Soviet Union, when Roger assisted on two of Billy's goals. Roger also scored four goals in a 9-4 victory over Czechoslovakia for the gold medal.
The brothers later partnered to form Christian Brothers, a hockey stick maker in Warroad, Minn.
Roger Christian played on five U.S. national teams and is enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
His death was confirmed Friday by Tonia Helgeson, an owner of the Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad. His funeral will be Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Warroad.