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This future NHL'er and Olympian took to the ice in his hometown of Fort Frances at a young age. A top player in the minor ranks, he spent time in neighbouring Warroad, Minnesota before returning to his hometown high school where his impressive puck handling skills helped lead the Muskies to 1984 and 1985 OFSAA silver medals. Advancing to the junior ranks, his two seasons in Saskatchewan with the Estevan Bruins earned him Rookie of the Year honours, and his time with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs impressed NHL scouts.

Signing as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League in the spring of 1989, his introduction to the pro ranks saw him on the ice in the AHL with the Binghamton Whalers and in the East Coast Hockey League before being selected for a spot on Canada's national hockey team.

Joining the national squad in 1990, his speed and accurate shot saw him as a top goal scorer for Canada at tournaments around the world. A member of the 1992 silver medal winning Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey team he scored Canada's only goal in the final game.

Following his Olympic appearance he suited up for the Calgary Flames and helped them advance to the 1993 playoffs. Finishing up his 116 game, 42 point NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, he continued his professional playing career overseas.

A leading scorer and fan favourite with the Krefeld Penquins of the German Ice Hockey League from 1994-98, he spent the next five years in the Swiss hockey league with championship teams. Invited to join the line-up of the Canadian National Team during his time overseas, he helped Canada claim the 2002 Spengler Cup title. After spending time in Japan with the Nippon Paper Kings he retired from the game in 2005, returning to Calgary where he remains today.

No matter where his hockey took him, Chris Lindberg never forgot where he came from, often returning home to Fort Frances to pass along his knowledge to young hockey players at the Borderland Hockey School. Having enjoyed success on the ice in a career spanning four decades, which took him from local minor league rinks to arenas around the world, this dedicated hockey player truly made his hometown proud.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 2015.

Chris Lindberg

Fort Frances
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