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Arpin Moves an Olympic Hockey Legend

August 30, 2013

Occasionally, Arpin Van Lines has the opportunity to move high-profile people including CEOs, politicians, and non-profit leaders. However, this season the company had the honor of moving someone who played an important part in one of the most remembered and celebrated Olympic moments in U.S. history – Dave Christian.

Christian is best known for being a member of the U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in an event known as the “Miracle on Ice” during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The United States team, made up of amateur and collegiate players lead by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team that had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954. The event was the subject of two films including Miracle (2004), starring Kurt Russell, which is considered the number one sports movie of all time according to Internet polls.

Arpin’s senior vice president, Bob Sullivan, and vice president of customer care, Mark Dearborn, had the honor of playing alongside Christian during the 2011 Arctic Cup Hockey Tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, which was organized to promote environmental conservation.

“Most people remember where they were the day the U.S. team beat the Soviets in 1980 at Lake Placid,” said Bob Sullivan. “It was undoubtedly one of the greatest moments in U.S. sports history. But given that it occurred during the height of the Cold War and Iranian hostage crisis, the win transcended sports. The men on that team became national heroes and a source of pride for all Americans, even if they weren’t hockey fans. I grew up admiring those men and getting to know Dave personally and having the honor to move him and his family was a privilege.”

Christian’s professional hockey career started one week after the Miracle on Ice when he joined the Winnipeg Jets. Christian set and still holds the record for the fastest goal by a player in his first NHL game, scoring just 7 seconds into his first shift, electrifying the crowd. After a roller-coaster career in Winnipeg, he went on to play in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and St. Louis Blues. Between 1980 and 1993, he scored 340 goals and 433 assists in 1,009 NHL regular season games.

Christian personally requested that Arpin handle his family’s move from Moorehead to Chaska, Minn., which was successfully accomplished earlier this summer. His family includes his wife, Lisa, son, Beau, and daughter, Kendall.