Pair of Former North Dakota National Champs Passes Away

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July 8, 2018

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A pair of one-time national champions for North Dakota passed away this week. Most recently, Adam Calder, a member of the 1997 title team and just 42 years old, died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Earlier, Peter Stasiuk, 79, died at his home in Duluth on Thursday.

Calder was a four-year letterwinner at North Dakota from 1995-96 to 1998-99 and a sophomore on North Dakota’s 1997 NCAA championship team. A native of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Calder scored 38 goals and 107 points in 141 career games and captained the 1998-99 Fighting Sioux squad that won the program’s third of four straight WCHA regular-season championships.

Calder went on to enjoy a 14-year professional career after graduating from North Dakota, with stops in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and CHL, plus multiple stints in Europe. In 2016, Calder had his No. 25 retired by the Coventry Blaze of the British Elite Ice Hockey League after having lead the franchise to four league championships. He also won an ECHL Kelly Cup with South Carolina in 2001.

“Our North Dakota hockey family was saddened by the passing of Adam Calder. We send our deepest sympathies to the Calder family at this time. Adam will be forever remembered within our program,” North Dakota coach Brad Berry said.

Stasiuk, originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, was a three-year letterwinner at UND from 1960-61 to 1962-63 and helped lead the Fighting Sioux to a national championship as a senior. He collected 10 goals and 23 points in 79 career games as a winger.

Following his graduation, Stasiuk embarked on a long teaching and coaching career until retiring in 1998.

“We will be forever grateful for Peter Stasiuk and the impact he made on North Dakota hockey,” said Berry. “Peter was very instrumental in helping to build the foundation of our successful program. He was a key member of the national championship team …

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