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Bob Ridder

Bob Ridder was born on July 21, 1919 in New York, USA. He was introduced to ice hockey in the 1940s with the Duluth Heralds, an amateur senior team. At the international level, Ridder campaigned successfully for USA Hockey (then called the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States) to be recognized as the organization responsible for assembling the US ice hockey team for Olympic competition. He served as the team manager for the 1952 US Olympic team at the Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, Norway and under his direction the squad captured the silver medal. Ridder returned as team manager with the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in Coirtina diAmpezzo, Italy as the US again captured the silver medal. A graduate of Harvard University, Ridder became one of nine co-owners of the National Hockey League's Minnesota North Stars in 1966. Ten years later Ridder was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He has received the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States and currently serves on the USA Hockey Foundation.

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