Moving An Olympic Hockey Legend
Dave Christian is best known for being a member of the U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in an event known as the “Miracle on Ice” during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The United States team, made up of amateur and collegiate players lead by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team that had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954. The event was the subject of two films including Miracle (2004), starring Kurt Russell, which currently stands as the number one sports movie of all time in Internet polls.
Christian's professional hockey career started one week after the Miracle on Ice when he joined the Winnipeg Jets. Christian set and still holds the record for the fastest goal by a player in his first NHL game, scoring just 7 seconds into his first shift, electrifying the crowd. After a roller-coaster career in Winnipeg, he went on to play in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and St. Louis Blues. Between 1980 and 1993, he scored 340 goals and 433 assists in 1,009 NHL regular season games.
Arpin’s Bob Sullivan and Mark Dearborn had the honor of playing alongside him during the 2011 Arctic Cup Hockey Tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, which was organized to promote environmental conservation.
Christian personally requested that Arpin handle his family’s move from Moorehead to Chaska, MN, which was successfully accomplished earlier this summer. His family includes his wife, Lisa, son, Beau, and daughter, Kendall. We are very proud to have moved a hockey legend!