Olympic hockey gold medalist dies at 71

  • Article by: STAFF and WIRE REPORTS
  • Updated: October 8, 2007 - 9:09 PM

Edwyn (Bob) Owen, a St. Louis Park native and member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, was killed Friday when his car caught on fire in Topeka, Kan. He was 71.

Owen was a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won a gold medal in Squaw Valley, Calif. He was inducted as part of the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire but said part of the engine probably made accidental contact with dry grass, leading to flames that spread to the car. Autopsy results released Monday said Owen died of smoke inhalation, thermal burns and heart disease.

Owen grew up in St. Louis Park and graduated from Harvard in 1958, where he played hockey. He later moved to Kansas to teach business and started a consulting firm before retiring.

U men's basketball lands recruit

Devron Bostick, a 6-4 small forward at Southwestern Illinois Community College, verbally committed Friday to play basketball for the Gophers next season after a visit in September, according to Southwestern Illinois assistant coach Steve Campo.

Bostick was National Junior College Athletic Association All-America last year as a freshman, after averaging 19 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

He is the third player to make a verbal commitment to play for the Gophers next season. South Dakota prep power forward Colton Iverson and West Plains, Mo., junior college power forward Paul Carter committed earlier.

MYRON P. MEDCALF

Kamla won't join Wolves

Edina native Rick Kamla, who was offered the job as the Timberwolves' radio play-by-play announcer last week, told the team he will remain at NBA TV. Kamla serves in a variety of roles for the network, including play-by-play and studio host.

"This has been the toughest decision of my career," he said. "I was flattered by the Wolves' interest."

The team will have three preseason games on BOB 106 FM this month, beginning Oct. 20 at Milwaukee.

JUDD ZULGAD

Etc.

• The Gophers wrestling team was voted No. 1 in the W.I.N. Magazine Division I preseason poll. Minnesota returns four All-Americas from last season.

• The U women's soccer program will retire the No. 19 jersey of Jennifer Walek at halftime of the Ohio State game Oct. 19. Walek is the program's all-time leading scorer.

• Three Minnesota boxers won titles at the PAL (Police Athletic League) National Boxing tournament in Los Angeles last week: Jamal James (141-pound senior title), Jonathan Perez (112-pound junior title) and Robert Brant (176-pound junior tournament).

• The American Association announced that the Saints will host the league All-Star Game July 22 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

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