John Noah

John Michael Noah (November 21, 1927 – September 3, 2015) was an American ice hockey player. He won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics.[2][3]

John Noah
Born (1927-11-21)November 21, 1927
Crookston, Minnesota, U.S.
Died September 3, 2015(2015-09-03) (aged 87)
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Fighting Sioux
National team  United States
Playing career 1947–1952 [1]

Noah, originally from Crookston, Minn., played at UND from 1947 through 1951 and earned All-America honors on defense as a senior in 1950-51. He finished his collegiate career with 29 goals and 44 assists for 73 points in 67 games.[4]

1952 Winter OlympicsEdit

Noah went on to become UND first men's hockey Olympian in 1952 when he represented the United States at the Winter Games in Oslo, Norway. Noah helped win the US win a silver medal in the 1952 Winter Olympics [5]

UND Hockey ProgramEdit

"He started the program in its infancy stages, built it from the ground up and paved the way for the program to build it what it is today," UND men's hockey coach Brad Berry told the Fargo Forum. "He always had a smile on his face. His fondest memories came from UND hockey and he told everyone that. He'll be sadly missed." [4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1947–48 U. of North Dakota NCAA 16 13 3 16 6 - - - - -
1948–49 U. of North Dakota NCAA 22 3 9 12 10
1949–50 U. of North Dakota NCAA 23 9 20 29 24
1950–51 U. of North Dakota NCAA 26 4 12 16 10
1951-52 Team USA OG 8 0 2 2 8

Hall of FameEdit

Noah was inducted into the UND Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976.[4] He was UNDs first hockey All American player in 1951. Lettering all four years of his college career as a defensemen. During this time John Noah was also a member of the United State National Hockey Team, competing in the 1950 world tournament and performing very well. [6]

The University of North Dakota Letterwinners Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts and achievements of former UND student-athletes, coaches, and other supporters of UND athletics. Inductees are selected by the UND Letterwinners Association and representatives of the UND athletic department. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, is held each fall in conjunction with a football game. The Hall of Fame is located on the upper concourse at the south end of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.[7]

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
AHCA First Team All-American 1950–51 [8]
UND Hall of Fame Inductee 1976 [9]


  1. ^ a b "John Noah". Elite Prospects.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "John Noah". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2010-08-29. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Gray, Kristina Torkelson (2014). Legendary Locals of Crookston Minnesota. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 9781467101578. LCCN 2013956184. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "UND hockey pioneer John Noah passes away".
  5. ^ "United States Ice Hockey at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games - Olympics at". Olympics at
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame - 1976 Inductees".
  7. ^ "UND Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame - Official Web Site of University of North Dakota Athletics". Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  8. ^ "1950-1951 All-American Team". The American Hockey Coaches Association. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  9. ^ "UND Letterwinners Association Hall of Fame".