UND - McKinnon Passing

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The University of North Dakota Athletics Department mourns the passing of UND men’s hockey legend and Olympic medalist Dan McKinnon, who died last Sunday at the age of 90.

A native of Williams, Minn., McKinnon was a defenseman at UND from 1947-48 through 1949-50 and collected seven goals and 15 points in 61 career collegiate games. He was a member of the 1947-48 UND team that, in just its second year of varsity hockey, upset Michigan on the road in a victory widely-considered to have unofficially ushered the University into the world of NCAA hockey.

McKinnon earned All-America honors as a senior in 1949-50, becoming the program’s first defenseman to do so.

McKinnon later won a silver medal with the United States at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Italy alongside fellow North Dakota alumni Gordon Christian and Ken Purpur. He also represented the U.S. at the 1955 and 1958 World Championships.

(Picture: undsports.com)

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