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|1976 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fifth round
75 overall by Minnesota North Stars
December 28, 1956
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota (USA)
||Duluth East||Minn. HS
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1976 (Minnesota)
Minn. High School All-State First Team: 1974-75 (Duluth East)
Minn. H.S. Football All-State First Team: 1974 (Duluth East)
Miscellaneous: Attended East High School in Duluth, Minn., where he
earned total of nine letters, including eight in football and hockey. ...
Was a star defensive tackle in football and recruited for both
football and hockey at Minnesota, but chose not to play on football team.
|Never played in NHL.|
|Post-Draft Teams: Minnesota (WCHA); Team USA;
Helsinki Jokerit (Finland); |
(gold medal), 1984 (seventh place)
World Championships: 1979
(seventh), 1983 (first, Pool B)
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1979 (Minnesota)
United States Hockey Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2003 as member of 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1983
as member of 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Sports Illustrated Sportsman
of Year: 1980 (as member of 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team)
Minnesota Nagobads Award (Unsung Hero): 1978-79 (first winner)
Minnesota Mayasich Award (Best Student-Athlete): 1976-77 (first
Minnesota Alternate Captain: 1978-79
WHA Draft Pick: 1976 (by Calgary, No. 79 overall in Round 7)
Education: Was business administration major and Williams Scholar at
University of Minnesota.
Miscellaneous: Turned down invitation to join North Stars for 1977
training camp to remain in school. ... Had assist in Minnesota's 4-3 NCAA title-game
victory over North Dakota on March 23, 1979. ... Scored tying goal (2-2) for
Team USA early in third period of 1980 Olympic gold-medal game vs. Finland,
opening door to U.S. victory. ... Was fourth member of 1980 USA "Miracle on Ice"
team to be drafted by an NHL team. ... Was oldest player on 1984 U.S. Olympic
hockey team at age 27. ... Went into banking after retirement and
became senior vice president of First American Bank in Willmar, Minn. ...
Named one of the 50 greatest players in University of Minnesota hockey history
as part of "Legends on Ice" tribute in 2001.
Personal: Full name is Phillip J. Verchota.
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