Marvin Jorde, a former Gophers hockey player in the second half of the 1950s who played for the U.S. national team and counted Herb Brooks among his teammates, has died.
Jorde, who also excelled as a high school hockey coach in the Twin Cities, died Thursday. The Woodbury resident was 80 years old, and a cause of death has yet to be disclosed.
A native of Thief River Falls, where he played for the Prowlers and led them to the state title in 1954, Jorde joined the University of Minnesota squad in 1955 for his first of three seasons as a winger. As a Gopher, he counted hockey legend Herb Brooks among his teammates and John Mariucci as his coach.
Then came a year playing for the U.S. national team before bouncing around various junior and minor league teams — mostly in Minnesota — until his final season in 1969-70 as a member of the Rochester (Minn.) Mustangs.
Jorde also was a longtime teacher starting and coach in the east metro at Park High School, serving as the head hockey coach for 15 years. In that time, he compiled a record 277 wins, 109 losses and 13 ties while leading his team to five conference championships. He also coached golf and baseball at Park.
Jorde had a long senior hockey career as a player-coach for the St. Paul Parkers. He led the team to many state Senior A titles and back-to-back national Senior A titles in 1988 and 1989.
Jorde is preceded in death by wives Suzanne and Beverly. He is survived by wife Diane; sister, Glenice Clough; and children, Michael Jorde, Diane Jorde and Linda Aarthun, and eight stepchildren. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 14107 Hudson Road S., Afton, with visitation at the church starting at 9 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Newport Cemetery.