Monday

Tom Martin

Tom “Red” Martin, a former U.S. Olympian and New England ice hockey legend who went on to excel both in the business world and in the game of life, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the age of 79.

Martin may be best known as a very successful businessman and philanthropist in the New England area, but in his youth sport was very important part of his life.

A three-sport standout athlete at Cambridge High and Latin School, Martin went on to play both hockey and baseball at Boston College in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

On the ice he was a two-time All-American defenseman  earning MVP honors and scoring the winning goal in the 1961 Beanpot Tournament championship. He was named the winner of the Walter Brown Award as the top U.S.-born college hockey player in New England in his senior season.

On the baseball diamond, Martin was described as a steady left-handed first baseman and played on the Eagle teams that reached the College World Series in 1960 and 1961.

He was later inducted into the BC Hall of Fame and his hockey jersey hangs in the rafters at BC’s Kelley Rink.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1961, Martin joined the U.S. National hockey team and he went on to serve as assistant captain for the 1964 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Innsbruck, Austria. Of note, Martin was Herb Brooks' roommate. There was no Miracle on Ice in 1965 though, as the American team finished in 5th place.

Following his hockey career, Martin spent five years as a CPA at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston before taking a job as a corporate controller at Cramer Electronics of Needham. He was subsequently promoted to national sales manager, and in 1979, after the company was acquired by Arrow Electronics, Martin took out a loan and purchased the company’s video operations division, which he renamed Cramer Productions.



Friday

International Hockey Legends

Australia
Dave Cunningham
Russell Jones

Austria
Del St. John
Dr. Blake Watson

Canada
George Abel

Hank Akervall 
Moe Benoit
Roger Bourbonnais
Connie Broden
Sean Burke
Jack Cameron

Billy Colvin
Bill Dawe
John Devaney
Murray Dowey
Frank Frederickson
Chris Fridfinnson

Bill Gibson
Randy Gregg

Wayne Gretzky

Wally Halder
Paul Henderson 

Fabian Joseph 
Vaughn Karpan
Mario Lemieux

Chris Lindberg
Eric Lindros
Barry MacKenzie

George Mara
Seth Martin
Mark Messier

Morris Mott
Dunc Munro

Steve Nemeth
Adrien Plavsic
Hugh Plaxton
Beattie Ramsay

Ab Renaud
Don Rope
Brad Schlegel
Wally Schreiber
Reg Schroeter
Gord Sherven
Darryl Sly

Harry Watson

Stelio Zupancich

Czech Republic
Jiri Bubla

Vlastimil Bubnik
Josef Cerny
Jaroslav Drobny
Jiri Dudacek
Miroslav Dvorak

Karel Gut
Dominik Hasek

Petr Hejma
Milos Holan
Jiri Holecek
Jaroslav Holik

Jiri Holik

Martin Hostak
Jiri Hrdina

Jaroslav Jirik
Stanislav Konopasek

Oldrich Machac
Vladimir Martinec
Bohumil Modry

Eduard Novak
Jiri Novak
Milan Novy

Pavel Patera
Jan Peka

Frantisek Popisil
Robert Reichel
Frantisek Sevcik
Bohuslav Stastny
Jan Suchy
Frantisek Tikal
Vladimir Zabrodsky

Finland
Tony Arima

Matti Hagman
Raimo Helminen

Aarne Honkavaara

Arto Javananian
Erkki Laine

Pekka Rautakallio
Simo Saarinen

France

Pierre Allard
Philippe Bozon

Germany
Rudi Ball
Karl Friesen 

Petr Hejma
Gustav Jaenecke
Udo Kiessling
Erich Kuhnhackl
Robert Mueller

Great Britain
Jimmy Foster
Tony Hand

Pep Young
Chick Zimick

Hungary
Attila Ambrus

Bela Ordody

Israel
Max Birbraer



Italy
Rino Alberton
Mike Rosati


Latvia
Helmut Balderis
Elmars Bauris
Viktor Khatulev 
Harry Mellups
Leonids Vedejs
Harijs Vitolins

Norway
Stephen Foyn

Espen Knutsen
Anders Myrvold
Bjorne Skaare
Petter Thoresen
Poland
Ralf Adamowski

Wieslaw Jobczyk 

Romania
Constantine Cantacuzino

Russia
Venjamin Alexandrov
Alexander Almetov
Vyacheslav Anisin
Yevgeny Babich 

Sergei Babinov
Evgeny Belosheikin 

Viktor Blinov
Yuri Blinov
Vsevolod Bobrov
Alexander Bodunov
Vyacheslav Bykov
Nikolai Drozdetsky
Viacheslav Fetisov
Anatoli Firsov
Edward Ivanov
Alexander Galimov
Alexei Guryshev 

Alexei Kasatonov
Valeri Kharlamov

Nikolai Khlystov
Vladimir Krutov 

Valentin Kuzin
Viktor Kuzkin

Sergei Lantratov
Igor Larionov
Konstantin Loktev

Vladimir Lutchenko
Sergei Makarov
Alexander Maltsev

Nikolai Maslov
Boris Mikhailov 

Grigori Mkrtychan
Vladimir Myshkin
Victor Nechaev
Vladimir Petrov

Stanislav Petukhov 
Sergei Priakhin

Nikolai Puchkov
Alexander Ragulin
Anatoli Semenov 

Vladimir Shadrin
Sergei Shepelev

Viktor Shuvalov
Alexander Sidelnikov

Genrikh Sidorenkov
Nikolai Sologubov

Sergei Svetlov
Anatoli Tarasov
Ivan Tregubov
Vladislav Tretiak

Gennady Tsygankov
Alexander Uvarov

Valeri Vasiliev

Vladimir Vikulov
Alexander Yakushev
Viktor Zinger

Slovenia
Janez Albreht

Ernest Aljancic
Rudi Hiti

Slovakia
Jiri Bicek

Vladimir Dzurilla
Jozef Golonka

Igor Liba
Vaclav Nedomansky
Ladislav Trojak

Sweden
Monte Afzelius

Lasse Bjorn
Anders Eldebrink
Leif Holmqvist

Tumba Johansson
Jorgen Jonsson

Kenny Jonsson

Eje Lindstrom 
Mats Naslund
Nils Nilsson
Carl-Goran Oberg

Sigfrid Oberg
Borje Salming
Ulf Sterner 

Roland Stoltz
Lennart Svedberg
Einar Svensson
Hakan Wickberg


Switzerland
Ferdinand Cattini

Hans Cattini
Paul Dipietro
Pauli Jaks

Robert Meier
Gebi Poltera
Uli Poltera
Richard "Bibi" Torriani 

Hans-Martin Trepp

USA
Tony Amonte

Hobey Baker
Dave Christian

Roger Christian
Bill Cleary
Bob Cleary

Jim Craig
 

Herb Drury
Mike Eruzione
Moose Goheen

Willard Ikola
Steve Janaszak
Mark Johnson
Ray Leblanc 

Joe Linder
Tom Martin
John Mayasich

Jack McCartan

Weldy Olson
Winthrop "Ding" Palmer
David Quinn
Mike Richter

Andy Roach 
Jim Sedin
 

Coddy Winters
Scott Young

Ken Yackel
 

Brad Schlegel


This is Team Canada captain Brad Schlegel just moments after winning the silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France.

If the defenseman does not look overly happy in that moment he can be forgiven. After all his team just lost a gold medal game. Hockey players tend to be like that, and it is understandable.

Two years later Schlegel went through the same story all over again, winning a silver medal at the Lillehammer Olympics in Norway. The photos look quite similar.

Many years later Schlegel looks at his collection of Olympic medals with great pride. They are the highlight of a career full of highlights, many of them with Team Canada.

Brad Schlegel was a mainstay with the Canadian National Team since the 1988-89 season. The London Knights stayed committed to Dave King's Olympic vision for four straight years, forgoing opportunites to join the Washington Capitals who drafted him 144th overall in 1988.

"It's taken a tremendous amount of dedication for Brad to make it to this game (the gold medal game)," said Dave King's assistant coach Wayne Fleming at the time "Sometimes six months with our program is too tough for some guys because of the travel and the schedule. But he epitomizes the Olympic program, the Olympic dream. I mean those two years right after the 1988 Olympics . . . nobody knows about you. You're like a shadow in the dark. But Brad has stuck with it and that says a lot about him."
"He's not a flashy kind of player," insists Fleming. "He's the guy who settles us down in our end and keeps things steady. He never gets impatient."
"Four years ago, I really didn't think of the Olympics," said Schlegel. "I was just trying to make the team. I just wanted to improve daily and see where that took me. Definitely, it's been worth all the hard work. The coaching has been excellent and playing against world-class competition has made me a better player."

Schlegel finally joined the Washington Capitals after the 1992 Olympics, but found himself buried on the depth chart. After playing sparingly, he welcomed a trade to the Calgary Flames, where Dave King was now coaching.

 'I don't think I would have been buried in Washington, but I don't think I would have played that much there because they have probably the most talented defence in the league. If you are a sixth defenceman on that team, you aren't playing that much. That situation is behind me now and I haven't thought much about it.'

Calgary had decent depth on their blue line, too, but Schlegel battled a groin injury and the always present lack-of-size issue

Having King on his side was beneficial, though by no means something to be taken for granted.

"I think it is an advantage. You know what is expected. You don`t have to figure that out. You just have to go do it. That`s not always easy but at least it takes some of the guesswork out of it," said Schlegel of his relationship with King. "He expects a lot and that`s why it is not easy. You have to put your workboots on everyday and go do it."
It wasn't Schlegel's work ethic that kept him out of the Calgary line up. His lack of size may likely have played a role in his spot on the depth chart. He only played 26 games with the Flames in 1993-94.

The Flames agreed to loan Schlegel back to the Canadian National Team, now coached by George Kingston, mid-season so he could participate in his second Olympics. The Flames needed to make a roster move as their defense corps were all coming off the injured list. With Schlegel the only rearguard on the list who did not need to pass waivers, he was likely to be demoted to the minor leagues. The Team Canada assignment came at an opportune time for all those involved.

"I`m happy and excited. I`m looking forward to it. The first time I officially heard anything about it was after the New Jersey game Friday. They told me the Olympic team was interested and the Flames wanted to accommodate them. I had heard the rumors before that, but it all happened so quickly."

Schlegel never returned to the NHL. The next season he headed to Austria to play for a season before moving to Germany to play for more than a decade.

"I really enjoyed the hockey over there. It's better hockey than you'd think," Schlegel said. "Hockey gave me the opportunity to see much of the world. I'm very grateful for that."

Gratitude is something that comes with age and experience. Schlegel always had it, along with other variables he always considered key to anyone's success.

'If you don't set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve something that is important to you while you're young, you are missing a lot of opportunities,' Schlegel preached. 'To achieve the things you want to achieve there are three important things. The first is direction, then hard work and the third is dedication and courage.'

After hockey Brad returned to his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario and worked in the family business his father established. Ronald Schlegel was a very successful business man and philanthropist in the area, making his fortune in senior housing development.

Vaughn Karpan


Vaughn Karpan was "the least talented player" to the Canadian national team for the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, as well as for five years with the Canadian National Team from 1983 to 1988.

Those are his words, not ours.

"I was, without a doubt, the least talented player on both (Olympic) teams, but I ran into a guy, (head coach) Dave King, who saw the strengths in my game and I guess I was smart enough to figure out what he wanted and it was important enough for me to be part of that team that I did it."
King liked the role Karpan filled so much that he became a regular with the team, playing in 224 official international games.
"I was a penalty-killer and a checker, usually against one of the other team's top two lines. That was my role and I did it to the best of my ability," he said.
"I wasn't so impressed with myself to think that I was anything different than what the coach thought, and that (playing a role) is part of being on a team."
Canada did not win a medal in either of those Olympics. Karpan's proudest memento is the white cowboy hat he wore during the opening ceremonies in Calgary. 
"For me, the Olympics was about the journey there, not the two weeks there. It was surviving day to day, week to week over a period of three years and never having a guarantee. I just wasn't one of those guys who could get comfortable. The Olympic movement was typically a four- or eight-year process to get to your moment in the Olympic Games."
Karpan was never drafted by a NHL team and never got an opportunity even to attend a training camp despite his Olympic reputation. 
Though Karpan played briefly with the Brandon Wheat Kings and New Westminster Royals in junior hockey, his back ground was at the Canadian collegiate level which is not known for producing many future NHLers.
Karpan earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Manitoba while helping the Bisons win two Great Plains Conference championships
Karpan said he's owes a lot to his university hockey days. The Bisons won two Great Plains Conference championships when he was there.
"Truthfully, I really wasn't going to have much of a career in hockey if I hadn't gone to the U of M. I never would have been a national team player," said Karpan.
"Wayne Fleming (former Bisons head coach) deserves all the credit in the world. He was a guy that saw the positives in me as a player and a person and gave me every opportunity to grow. It was just a special time."
Fleming, of course went on to be a big part of the national team program, too.
Karpan left the ice after the 1988 Olympics and settled in the Vancouver area. He served as a long time western scout for Winnipeg/Arizona and Montreal before joining the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights as Director of Player Personnel in 2016

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