by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Osseo Ice Arena west rink now has a new name — the Quentin Carlson Memorial Rink. That became official after a ceremony attended by family members, friends and Osseo High School and community people on Dec. 3.
Carlson, who coached Osseo hockey for 14 seasons, was the driving force behind building the Osseo Ice Arena.
Seeing the hardship OHS players had to endure, which included traveling to other arenas to practice at 10:30 at night, Carlson decided to launch a drive to build an arena. Through his tireless effort and contribution from the Osseo community, the Osseo Ice Arena became a reality in 1973. Carlson died in 1977 but his legacy on the Osseo community will now stand forever.
On Dec. 3, the JV and varsity games between Osseo and St. Louis Park were played on the west rink instead of the east rink. Following the JV game there was a ceremony during which family members and representatives read statements about Carlson. A plaque was presented to Mr. Carlson’s wife, Donna, by Jim Sadler, who was the first Zamboni driver in the new rink. It was followed by a ceremonial puck drop by two of his grandsons. Carlson’s initials, QC, was painted at center ice.
“My dad had a vision for Osseo and like many he often accomplished it,” said Carlson’s oldest daughter, Debbie Regan, during the ceremony. “The main vision was to give Osseo hockey their own sheet of indoor ice. And my gosh he got it done. God took him home to heaven on May 10, 1977. He spent his time here being an incredible father to three of us, a loving husband, a mentoring coach, teacher and an all-around incredible friend. I know these things because for my childhood and adult life the people he touched have spent time sharing all of the memories and accomplishments he achieved with us and his grandchildren. Quentin’s two youngest grandchildren play squirt hockey for OMGHA. My favorite line going there from my son is ‘are we playing on Grandpa’s side or the other one?’ My mother, sister and I would like to keep his spirit and dreams alive….Our hope is to help carry on Dad’s message and dreams for kids and the Osseo School District.”
Following the varsity game, a fundraiser for the OHS hockey program was held at the Osseo American Legion.
“What an amazing night,” Regan said. “The fundraiser was incredible. We raised $3,000 for Osseo hockey to use on new equipment in honor of Dad.”
The Carlson family would like to thank the following parties for their donations: NW JC’s, Premier Bank, Jim Sadler, Osseo Meats, 303 Hockey, Duffy’s, Dick’s, Lynde’s, Heinen Mason, Osseo Gun Club, River Inn, Lookout Bar and Grill, Broadway Pizza, Fair’s, Wendy Alquist (Target), Timm Family, Carlson Family, Taekwondo (Osseo), Allen Grant, Mark Regan, Osseo Savitt Bros. Paint Store, Antique Alley, Osseo Athletic Department, Maple Tavern, Lefave Family (Jessie Honor), Connie Maier Avada.
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