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by Paul on 10/28/11 at 09:02 AM ET
from Jennie Olsen of KSTP,
A Minnesota father and son who won Olympic gold medals 20 years apart want the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to return their Olympic jerseys, but the organization claims it now owns the jerseys.
Bill Christian played on the 1960 gold-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team. His son, Dave Christian of Moorhead, was part of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. team that won Olympic gold.
The origin of the dispute goes back 30 years, WCCO-TV reported Thursday night. In 1981, Bill Christian got a call from Hockey Hall of Fame officials who wanted to display both Christians’ jerseys, which were hanging in a closet at Bill Christian’s home in Warroad.
Bill Christian said he believed he was only loaning the jerseys, “never dreaming they would be gone forever.” But the Hall of Fame has since told the Christians the jerseys now belong to the Hall.
Curator Phil Pritchard told WCCO that the Hall contends the jerseys were donated in 1981, “in a legally effective manner and they are now the property of the Hockey Hall of Fame.”
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