Team doctor from 1980 'Miracle on Ice' mugged at wife's grave
George Nagobads, the doctor for the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. hockey team, was mugged while visiting his wife's grave, he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Nagobads, 93, said he was attacked by a teenager with a windshield snowbrush as he was placing flowers on his wife's grave in Minneapolis. He suffered a pair of gashes on his head and drove himself to the hospital, where the wounds were closed with 18 stitches.
Nagobads was born in Lativia and studied medicine at the University of Tubingen in Germany. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. He was played by Kenneth Welsh in the 2004 film Miracle.
Nagobads was the team physician for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team from 1958 to 1992 and held the same position with the NHL's Minnesota North Stars and WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints. He was the team doctor for the U.S. men's national team for 15 years and spent eight years as USA Hockey's chief medical officer.
- Dan Gartland