Stillwater boys’ hockey coach and 21-year NHL veteran Phil Housley will be honored target of this year’s Old Timers Hockey Association Roast & Toast Banquet at the Prom Center in Oakdale on Tuesday, May 7. The “Polish Eagle” Dick Jonckowski will emcee the program.
Housley, a South St. Paul native who went straight to the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres out of high school, ended his hall-of-fame career with 1,232 points (338 goals and 894 assists), which was the most among all American-born defensemen at the time of his retirement in 2003. His 1,495 regular season games played was also the most ever by an American at that time. Housley helped lead the Americans to a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games — scoring the game-winning goal in Team USA’s 3-2 semifinal victory over Russia. He played for seven U.S. National teams starting in 1982 and through his final year as a player in 2003.
In addition to coaching the Ponies, Housley has also been active in USA Hockey. He served as an assistant coach at the World Junior Championships, where Team USA claimed bronze medals in 2007 and 2011. This past winter, he served as head coach for the gold medal winning U.S. Junior National Team.
Tickets for the event are $30 or $240 for a table of eight, and early reservations and payments are encouraged in order to assist organizers with an accurate count. Reservations and payment must be received by the Old Timers Hockey Office by May 1. For tickets or to reserve tickets or a table of eight (include a list of those to be seated at the table), please contact Ann Berres at 651-771-1375. Ticket requests can also be sent (with a check) to: Old Timers Hockey Office, 1610 Granada Ave. N. #205, Oakdale, MN 55128.