Art Berglund’s esteemed career as a hockey administrator spans five decades, during which time he has worked with more than 30 U.S. teams.
Upon his graduation from Colorado College in 1963, where he was a standout hockey player for the Tigers, Berglund played professional hockey in Switzerland and Austria before returning to Colorado.
Hired by the legendary William Thayer Tutt, Berglund ran the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs for 13 years. At the same time, he managed three U.S. Men’s National Hockey Teams (1973-75), including the 1973 squad that captured the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship silver medal and the 1974 squad that won the IIHF and World Men’s Championship Pool B titles.
After accepting his first Olympic assignment as general manager of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, Berglund went on to serve as general manager for eight U.S. National Junior Hockey Teams that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championship between 1977 and 1992, including the 1986 team that won the bronze medal.
Berglund served as the general manager for five more U.S. Men’s National Teams from 1985 to 1990. He also was the assistant general manager for the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship Pool B, and for the 1981 and 1991 U.S. squads that competed at the Canada Cup.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Berglund served as a National Hockey League scout for the St. Louis Blues and as a director of player recruitment for the Colorado Rockies. Then, in 1984, he joined USA Hockey’s national office staff as its director of national teams and international activities. After 11 years, Berglund was named senior director of international administration in 1996. Berglund chaired the 1984 U.S. Olympic Player Selection Committee and managed his second U.S. Olympic Men’s Team in 1988. He also was director of player personnel for three U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Teams (1992, 1994, 2002), including the silver medal-winning squad at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1992, the NHL awarded Berglund its prestigious Lester Patrick Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey in the United States. Eight years later, the American Hockey Coaches Association named Berglund the recipient of the Jim Fullerton Award, which annually recognizes an individual who demonstrates a love for the purity of the sport, and in 2005, U.S. Hockey presented him with its Builders Award for his lasting contributions to the long-term growth and success of USA Hockey.
Berglund was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010 and is also a member of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (2004), the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame (2006), the Colorado Springs Hall of Fame (2008) and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame (2008).
He retired from USA Hockey on June 30, 2005, but continues as a consultant for the organization. Berglund and his wife, Char, reside in Colorado Springs. He has two step-daughters, Jossie Stern and Cathy Jacobi.
The high points for me were marching in the opening ceremony of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsburck and being there for the Miracle On Ice.