BIRTHPLACE: Colorado Springs, Colo.
BORN: September 4, 1940
TEAMS/ASSOCIATIONS: Colorado College, Broadmoor World Arena, U.S. Olympic Teams, U.S. National Teams, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Rockies, USA Hockey
Art Berglund’s career in international ice hockey spans five decades, during which time he managed or served on the administrative staff of more than 30 U.S. teams.
Berglund’s start in international ice hockey came soon after his graduation from Colorado College in 1963, where he was the leading scorer for the Tigers during his senior season. After playing professional hockey in Switzerland and Austria, Berglund was hired by the legendary William Thayer Tutt to work at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He went on to manage the facility for 13 years and, during that time, managed three U.S. Men’s National Teams (1973-75), including the 1973 squad that captured the silver medal and the 1974 squad that won the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship B Pool title.
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 Teams that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championship between 1977 and 1992 (1977, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 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 was also the assistant general manager for the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 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 an NHL scout for the St. Louis Blues and as director of player recruitment for the Colorado Rockies. Then, in 1984, he joined USA Hockey’s national office staff full time 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 was also director of player personnel for three U.S. Olympic Men’s 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. In 2005, USA 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 Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and both the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2008.
He retired from USA Hockey on June 30, 2005, but continues today as a consultant for the organization.
Berglund and his wife Char reside in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has two step-daughters, Jossie Stern and Cathy Jacobi.