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    1952 "Olympic Ice Hockey" Bronze Bas-Relief Medal Presented to Ken Yackel, Sr. from The Ken Yackel Collection. Stunning bronze bas-relief medal designed by Carl Vilhelm Fagerberg features raised art deco type graphics of a trumpeter and sunrise on the front, along with "Dygens Nyheter" (a Swedish newspaper). Swedish engraved back translates to "Memories from Olympic Ice Hockey, Stockholm 1952." The "Sporrong & Co." foundry stamp appears at the back bottom. Measures 3x4" and weighs two-hundred-forty-six grams (246 g.).

    The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway included the Olympic Championship, World Championship, and European Championship, played between February 15 and March 27, 1952. This was most likely a participation medal given in connection with the 1952 Ahearne Cup tournament which was played between February 27, 1952, and March 2, 1952 (after the Olympics and World Championships but before the European Championships) at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden where the U.S. placed fourth. This piece exhibits amazing craftmanship and is gorgeous. Letter of provenance from Ken Yackel, Jr. (from auction 50031). LOA from Heritage Auctions (from auction 50031).


    More Information: The Ken Yackel Collection

    One of Minnesota’s greatest all-around athletes, Ken Yackel, Sr. was a three-sport high school star who went on to enjoy a long and distinguished career as both a player and coach.

    As a twenty-year-old defenseman and forward, he was a member of the U.S. National Hockey Team, which captured the silver medal at the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympic Games. As a collegian, he played a key role on two consecutive Minnesota Golden Gophers teams which reached the NCAA Final Four in 1953 and 1954, earning All-Tournament Team and All-American Team honors in the process.

    During his tenure with the Boston Bruins in the late 1950’s, Yackel became one of only two Americans to play in the NHL during the decade. In the early 1960’s, as player-coach of the Minneapolis Millers, he led his team to the IHL title and captured the Leo Lamoureux Memorial Trophy as the IHL's leading scorer.

    After he hung up his skates as a player, he coached the U.S. National Hockey Team at the 1965 World Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the early 1970’s. In 1986, Ken Yackel, Sr. was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Displaying the same dogged work ethic and love for the sport as his Hall of Famer father, Ken Yackel, Jr. enjoyed success as both a collegiate and professional hockey player, and later, acclaim as a noted artist. A member of the 1976 Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Championship team, Yackel went on to play professionally in several leagues and later coach. His artwork, which specializes in bronze hockey sculptures and oil paintings, is displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    All of the items presented in this collection have been in the Yackel family since they were first issued to father and son, and each will be accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Ken Yackel, Jr.


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    26th Saturday
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