A Mennonite Olympic Ice Hockey Team? Yep, We Could Do It!
In an effort to help answer that question, we have mined the lists of professional players and the rosters of teams for anyone who might, just possible might be of Mennonite ethnic or faith heritage.
The process of identification is quite flawed… depending greatly on names, but in so doing, would likely miss someone whose mother was Mennonite but do not have a Mennonite last name.
Those on the following list are believed to be professional hockey players in the NHL or Europe and are understood to be of Mennonite extraction based on secondary evidence such as being mentioned in a church bulletin, newspaper or other resource.
If anyone knows if they are or not, please let us know. Also, please let us know of any others who are not on the list.
Thanks! ~ Bruderthaler
Barkman, Jon, Steinbach, MB, CA
Bartel, Robin, Drake, SK, CA
Bergen, Todd, Prince Albert, SK, CA
Block, Kenneth Richard, Steinbach, MB, CA
Dyck, Ed, Moosemin, SK, CA
Dyck, Henry, Herbert, SK, CA
Dyck, Paul, Steinbach, MB, CA
Fast, Brad, Ladysmith, BC, CA
Fehr, Eric, Winkler, MB, CA
Friesen, Jeff, Meadow Lake, SK, CA
Friesen, Karl, Winnipeg, MB, CA
Funk, Michael, Abbotsford, BC, CA
Gage, Joachim, Vancouver, BC, CA
Goertz, Dave, Edmonton, AB, CA
Goertzen, Steven, Strong Plain, AB, CA