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Kenneth Richard Purpur (March 1, 1932 – June 5, 2011) was an ice hockey player who played for the American national team. He won a silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[1] He is the younger brother of Fido Purpur who coached him at the University of North Dakota.[2]

Ken Purpur
Born (1932-03-01)March 1, 1932
Grand Forks, ND, USA
Died June 5, 2011(2011-06-05) (aged 79)
Rapid City, SD, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg; 10 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
National team  United States
Playing career 1951–1956
Ken Purpur
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men’s Ice Hockey
Silver medal – second place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Team


  1. ^ Kenneth Purpur's profile at Sports
  2. ^ Jessen, Chris (June 6, 2011). "Olympic medalist has quite a legacy". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved February 24, 2019.