8 New Inductees to the Edina Hall of Fame


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The eight new additions to the Edina Hall of Fame

Greta Morton, staff writer

In July 2015, it was announced that eight new athletes would join the Edina Hall of Fame. These inductees were selected based on their athletic skills and talents in their years as Edina hornets. “They all have a variety of different strengths that they bring to the table,” said assistant principal and activities director, Troy Stein. “For the most part, the Hall of Fame members have provided a significant contribution to athletics at Edina.” These eight people have contributed largely to the success of Edina’s athletics. According to Stein, Edina has the most number of state championships of any high school in the state of Minnesota. “Anytime you have some quality student athletes that have helped contribute to [the championships], it’s really special to look at the history and the contributions that they have been able to provide,” said Stein. Here’s a breakdown of the new inductees!

Despite his eyesight disability, Tim McGovern has earned seven letters in three sports as an Edina hornet: basketball, baseball, and football. He led his teams to multiple state championships and World Series appearances, as well as the Legion World Championship in 1983. He attended Creighton University in Omaha on a baseball scholarship and as a freshman, earned a starting position. McGovern currently resides in Bloomington with his wife and son.

Stephanie Dautd Richards earned 14 Varsity letters as a hornet and was a member of seven of Edina’s 155 State Championship teams. Dautd Richards competed in diving, lacrosse, cheerleading, and on the slopes. In these sports, she has competed in multiple state championships and won many honors. She now lives in Hong Kong with her husband.

Benjamin Stafford was a three year Varsity letterman. His team placed third in the state tournament in 1995, second in 1996, and first in 1997, where Stafford won multiple team honors. He attended and graduated from Yale, overall accumulating 101 points in hockey. He played professional hockey for a few years and was nicknamed “the golden citizen” by his teammates for doing everything right. He has now retired from professional hockey and currently lives in New York with his family after joining the United States Marine Corps.

Mike DeVoe was involved in three varsity sports in high school, but was mostly known for his talent in hockey. DeVoe played a large role in Edina’s newly combined hockey team legacy, and his team won the 1982 State Championship. He then went on to play Division One hockey. After attending Harvard University, he became and is still president of the Edina Hockey Association, and now resides in Edina with his family.

Kristine Lund Sanow played a variety of sports while at Edina High School. She helped earn three state championships and a third individual place on her skis, earned All-conference awards in three consecutive years on the track, and also devoted her skills to the Cross Country team. Overall, she earned 10 varsity letters and the Athena Award in 1999, and was a National Merit Scholar and name All-American scholar. She attended Dartmouth College and went to medical school at the University of Minnesota. She and her family currently reside in Edina.

Rhode Island native Bob O’Connor was an all-state hockey player and continued on playing hockey at Providence College. He has held multiple coaching positions in Edina and also continued on to work with USA Hockey and was an assistant coach for the USA Olympic Hockey teams in 1994 and 1998. O’Connor has earned numerous awards and honors, and man players have even played in the EHA’s Bob O’Connor Tournaments. He now lives in Edina with his wife.

Dan Carlson  is said to have been a strong hockey player for Edina. He earned Star Tribune’s title of All-metro player and names to the all tournament team for three years. He was a finalist for Mr. Hockey and finished off his hornet hockey career as the all-time leading scorer for Edina hockey. Carlson attended the University of Notre Dame and continued with hockey in the East Coast League. He retired in 2011 as the English Elite All-time leading scorer, and currently lives in Minneapolis with his family.

Doug Galligher has been part of Edina High School for 34 years and was the head coach for nine state championship teams. He was the only coach ever to win a Girls State Basketball title and helped the hornets earn three state track titles. He coached the girls’ golf team to five state championships, and has also coached the Head Coach of the University of South Carolina and Hilary Lunke, who won the US open in 2003. He now lives alternately in Minnesota and Florida.