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John Mayasich, C/D

- 6'1, 190 lbs

- Charter Member of the IIHF Hall Of Fame
- Member of the USA HHOF

- Olympic Gold (1960) - was USA's captain
- Olympic Silver (1956)
- World Championship Bronze (1962)

- 4th in scoring in 1960 Olympics with 12 points
- Led USA with 10 points in the 1956 Olympics (6th in tournament)
- Named Top Defender at World Championships (1962)
- 27-17-44 in 46 games in Seven Pool A, Senior Men's Major International Tournaments from 1956-1969

- Led Midwest Collegiate Hockey League in scoring four straight seasons (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955)
- Leadership: Playing Coach of the Green Bay Bobcats from 1962-1971

Originally Posted by Spitfire11
Scored 144 goal and 298 points in just 111 games for the NCAA University of Minnesota, 2.6 points per game, and 1.3 goals per game and still holds all Minnesota's scoring records. He also led Eveleth High School to four straight Minnesota high school championships from 1948-1951, never losing a single high school game in four years, 10 of his records still stand.
Originally Posted by VintageMinnesotaHockey
Mayasich is regarded by many as one of the best American born Ice Hockey players of all-time even though he never played professionally. Mayasich won the Western Collegiate Hockey Association scoring title in 1954 and 1955 and was an All-American three years in a row at his university. Mayasich's #8 is the only retired number today by the Historic Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey program. Mayasich was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976
Originally Posted by John Mariucci
John (Mayasich) brought college hockey to a new plateau. He was the Wayne Gretzky of his time. And today if he were playing pro hockey, he would simply be a bigger, stronger, back-checking Gretzky
Originally Posted by The First Miracle On Ice
Opponents simply had no way to shut him down. His moves were too crafty, his shots too hard. Mayasich had his own unique calling card -- a wicked slap shot that would have been the envy of any NHLer except Bobby Hull.
Originally Posted by Jack McCartan
For my money, John Mayasich was the best American hockey player that I've ever seen.
Originally Posted by Reading Eagle, January 29, 1956 (Olympics)
Mayasich, a former University of Minnesota athlete, was the standout player for the Americans, playing a brilliant all-around game and back-checking powerfully.
Originally Posted by The Spokesman – Review, February 1, 1956 (Olympics)
the two big architects of the gigantic hockey reversal were John Mayasich, a four-time All-American from Minnesota who scored three times…
Originally Posted by The Day, March 17, 1958 (College)
although he is playing, John Mayasich, the top defenseman from Eveleth, Minnesota, has a bad shoulder. Almost every time he made contact at last night's contest, he winced. But he went all the way and the coach says Mayasich would be in action again tonight.
Originally Posted by Christian Science Monitor, March 25, 1960 (Olympics)
and Mayasich, who played a wonderful defensive game throughout the Olympics… (Snippet of pay article )
Originally Posted by Hartford Courant, March 9, 1961 (World Championships)
Mayasich Leads Yanks Again – it was big John Mayasich of Green Bay, who led the Yanks. Playing the whole game, the US national team veteran rushed and… (Snippet of pay article)
Originally Posted by Milwaukee Journal, January 9, 1962 (USHL)
Green Bay has been bolstered by the return of John Mayasich, playing coach who serves either at center or defense
Originally Posted by Tri-City Herald, March 21, 1969 (USHL)
John Mayasich, the Americans 35-year-old coach from Green Bay, played a stout game on defense

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