Tomassoni: Honor 1960 Olympic Team

Former Olympic hockey player Sen. David Tomassoni wants today’s White House to recognize an American gold medal team of 50 years ago.

That is when the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team captured the gold in Squaw Valley, Calif.

But, unlike today, there was no White House reception for the team.

Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, who played for Italy in 1984, said President Barack Obama should fix that.

"With the Winter Olympics in full swing in Vancouver and hockey once again taking center stage, it seems fitting that these extraordinary athletes receive their day in the spotlight," Tomassoni said. "This seems to be an appropriate moment to invite the 1960 gold medal Olympic men’s hockey team to the White House to receive the long-delayed recognition they have never sought for themselves."

Among those on the 1960 team were Minnesotans Bill Christian of Warroad, Roger Christian of Warroad, Paul Johnson of West St. Paul, John Mayasich of Eveleth, Jack McCartan of St. Paul, Dick Meredith of Edina, Edwyn Owen of St. Louis Park and Tommy Williams of Duluth. Owen and Williams have died since the 1960 Olympics.