St. Paul native Jack McCartan was a two-sport star at the University of Minnesota from 1956-58. On the ice, McCartan was a two-time All-American goaltender who was tough as nails. On the diamond, McCartan was a three-time All-Big Ten third baseman who earned All-American honors in 1958. McCartan batted .436 in the Big Ten and hit eight home runs to lead Minnesota to the conference and NCAA title in 1956 - the program's first-ever national championship. After his senior year, McCartan received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, for his athletic and academic achievements.
After graduating, McCartan went on to play goalie for the U.S. National Hockey Team in 1959. Then, in 1960, after serving in the Army, he made history when he led the Americans past Canada, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif. For his efforts, he was named as the "All-World" goaltender of the Winter Games.
After the Olympics, McCartan embarked on a 15-year career in professional hockey that started with a brief stint over two seasons with the NHL's New York Rangers. From there, he played in the Eastern Professional League, Western League, Central League and World Hockey Association. In 1969, he was second-team Western League goaltender while in both 1970 and 1971 he captured first-team honors, all with San Diego. He concluded his professional career in 1974 with the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints. McCartan, who went on to become a successful NHL scout with the Vancouver Canucks, was later inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
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