Athletics Hall of Fame

Bruce "Buzz" Olson

SPORT(S) Ice Hockey
Buzz Olson graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in health. He was a three year letter winner in hockey and was a member of the 1967 MN Collegiate Hockey Tournament (MCHT) championship team and was named to both the MCHT All Tournament team and the Intercollegiate Hockey Association 2nd In 1968, his team went all the way to win the national championship. That team was inducted into the BSU Team Hall of Fame in 2004. Upon graduating from BSU, Buzz began a teaching and coaching career at East Grand Forks High School in Minnesota, which spanned 36 years, retiring in 2005. During his tenure there, Buzz coached football for all 36 years, track and field for 27 years and boy's hockey for ten years. In addition to coaching, he also began officiating hockey in 1979 and has officiated over 1,000 games at the youth, high school and college levels, including nine Minnesota and 14 North Dakota state high school tournaments. He also officiated for ten years in the WCHA. Buzz has been the supervisor of officials for the MN youth hockey district 16 for the past 25 years, a Minnesota State High School League ice hockey rules clinician and member of the state tournament selection committee, the Vice President of the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association North and a Life Member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. In 2005, Buzz was awarded the "Living Legend" Star Award by the East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce for his leadership and dedication to the youth of East Grand Forks. Buzz and his late wife, Nancy, have three grown children. Buzz makes his home in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.