Edward F. "Eddie" Olson - Born January 1, 1922 in Hancock, Michigan – Died February 10, 1995 in Fenton, Michigan was an American ice Hockey left winger and coach.
Olson's amateur Hockey career started in 1939 as a member of the Marquette Sentinels in Michigan, the U.S. Coast Guard Clippers (Coast Guard Cutters), and the Oakland Oaks (California). As a professional, Olson started with the St. Louis Flyers in 1946, then the Cleveland Barons in 1950, the Victoria Cougars in 1955, the Huntington Hornets (West Virginia) in 1956, and the Fort Wayne Komets in 1957.
While playing for the Cleveland Barons, Olson twice won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as American Hockey League / AHL scoring champion in 1953 and 1955, being the first American born player to earn this honor, and was the Les Cunningham Award Winner as AHL MVP in 1953. Olson was also named to the first All-Star Team in both 1953 and 1955. The Barons won the Calder Cup Championship as AHL champions in 1951, 1953 and 1954 while Olson was in Cleveland.
Olson later coached for three seasons, including became the First U.S.A. born coach of a Canadian team in Canada, leading the Western Hockey League / WHL Victoria Cougars to a first place finish as a player/coach. The next two seasons he coached in the IHL, guiding the Huntington Hornets 1956-57 and the Fort Wayne Komets 1957-58 to second place finishes, also as a player/coach.
After retirement from his playing days, Olson returned to St Louis and was instrumental in the development of youth Hockey in the area, coaching AHAUS teams and the Ladue High School team for 15 years 1972-1987. He never had a losing season in any amateur or high school leagues.
At the same time, he served as a referee and linesman 1959-1982 in the NHL, Central Pro Hockey League, AHAUS, Collegiate and High School leagues. He spent 25 years 1967-92 as the supervisor of off-ice officials and scorer for the St Louis Blues.
Eddie Olson was inducted into the St. Louis Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.
Eddie Olson was inducted into the Cleveland Barons Hall of Fame 1971.
Eddie Olson was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1977.
Eddie Olson was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame in 1979.
Eddie Olson was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
One of the rinks at the Marquette Lakeview Arena is named for the Olson family which included nine brothers active in sports.