Latvian doctor among hockey hall honorees

Dr. V. George Nagobads, who served as the team physician, is among those honored Oct. 18 when the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn.

The “Miracle on Ice” team, which won the gold medal in a final game against the Soviet Union during Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., is only the second team so honored, according to a press release from the Hall of Fame.

Born in 1921 in Rīga, Latvia, Nagobads has served as a team physician for a number of American teams, including the former Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League. He also served from 1958 to 1992 as the team physician for the University of Minnesota’s hockey team.

Last year he was honored with the Paul Loicq Award for lifetime service to hockey worldwide. The award was presented by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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