6/10 Discussion - Biggest Hockey Icon in Minnesota
I was in downtown St. Paul yesterday and passed by the Herb Brooks statue in Rice Park. It started to make me think whether or not Brooks was the biggest hockey icon in the state and if he was not, who was? So I figured I would throw it out as a question - who is the biggest Minnesota hockey icon?
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I think you'll find many different answers to the question based on the generation you're asking.
I'd personally say that Mayasich dominated the local game in a way that no one else on this list really compares. He'd be my pick. Herb was great for the U and cemented himself world-wide with the 1980 Gold. He's certainly nothing to scoff at.
Honestly the first person I thought of was Mike Modano, but you could make a great argument for Brooks, Mariucci, the Christian Brothers, and Nanne.
Sorry but a guy from Michigan that bad mouths Minnesotans in classic two faced fashion can't be the biggest hockey Icon in Minnesota... ESPECIALLY when we have SEVERAL home grown 1980 Olympians to choose from!
Well Modano's the first name that came to mind, one of the reasons I loved hockey as a little kid and why I wear #9. He's the one who inspired me, so that's the name I think of. I wasn't around for the '80 Olympics.
Modano may be a hockey icon to you, but he is not a Minnesota hockey icon. Neal Broten absolutely is.
Went to several state tourneys, scored the game winning goal for the gophers to win the national title, was on the '80 olympic team, was part of a couple of North Stars Stanley Cup Finals runs... He literally played at every level possible, and did it all while in Minnesota! (yes, including the U.S. Olympic team, as it based it's training etc here in the twin cities!)
Modano was drafted in '88, and was gone in '93. Not even close to getting Minnesota Hockey icon status... especially when you look at the entire span of Broten's H.S. through NHL career comparison!