EDWARD W. (NED) FORSBERG, SR.
Ned Forsberg grew up in Winnetka and attended New Trier High School. Although he skated at local park district outdoor rinks in the winter as a youth, he graduated from high school some years before the Winnetka Ice Arena was constructed. Accordingly, he never played organized hockey while growing up. After graduating from New Trier, Ned attended Northwestern University and graduated with a major in accounting. It was at NU that he met his wife, Linda. They married in September of 1970, moved to Wilmette shortly thereafter and then to Kenilworth in the spring of 1975.
Ned’s first real exposure to hockey occurred while his oldest son, Edward, was 5 and taking an introduction to hockey clinic at Winnetka. The clinic cost $15, consisted of four one-hour sessions and each participant received a hockey stick they could keep. It only took the first session to ignite the spark of love for the game of hockey in both his son and him, and they never looked back.
After the clinic, it was off to that first mite house league season in Winnetka. They needed coaches and Ned jumped at the chance to help. Ned volunteered as a house league coach for six years. He managed three Winnetka Hockey Club travel teams and moved on to manage six teams for New Trier over the careers of his two sons, twice at JV and four times for New Trier Blue. Ned served as a director of the New Trier Hockey Club for twelve seasons, five times for the boys and seven times as the girl’s representative.
He co-authored New Trier’s original manager’s manual, served as tryout coordinator for four years, equipment manager, and as New Trier’s Metro North representative from 1995-1999. Ned was Vice President of Operations, Registrar and Chairman of Rules & Ethics for Metro North from 1999-2012. He helped redirect the rivalry games on the night before Thanksgiving to becoming a charity night event that supported AHAI’s special programs, particularly the Tomahawks, and other charities. Ned, a Director of the Chicago Metropolitan High School Hockey League (CMHSHL) from 2005 to 2012, was a founder of the CMHSHL-Girls’ Division in 2005 and has served as a Director and as Vice President of Operations and Treasurer of the girl’s high school league from inception to present.
He helped start the Shooting Stars girls’ hockey program and was the assistant coach to Sue Varon Spector (IHHOF Member) for three seasons. The Shooting Stars evolved into the Northbrook Shooting Stars NIHL girls’ team and subsequently formed the core of the initial CYA girls’ program. In 1999, he was one of the three organizers of the New Trier Girls Hockey program which is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year. This program is dedicated to providing as many girls the opportunity to play High School hockey as possible. Fortunately, the New Trier Girls program has been able to attract enough players to field two pure teams for most every season. Ned has managed the girls’ varsity team five times and has been President from 2005 to present.
Ned has been an active member of the AHAI High School Committee since 2005 and a member of the AHAI Girls Committee from 2005-2007 and again from 2010 to present. He enjoys being a minor official for various AHAI High School events such as the Blackhawk Holiday Tournament, the High School State Tournament, and formerly for the Chicago Showcase. In 2009, Ned helped organize the first AHAI Girls High School All-State team game, and, for the past several years, he has been the coordinator for the AHAI High School Boys and Girls All-State games.
In addition to hockey activities, Ned was a Boy Scout leader with Kenilworth Troop 13 for nine years, and served as a Director of Glenkirk, an organization serving the developmentally disabled, for 29 years until 2009. He served as Chairman for his last 10 years on the board. He has been an officer of the Kenilworth Sailing Club for over 20 years.
Ned and Linda have four children, Edward, Nelson, Kirsten and Kelsey. All their children played hockey through high school, two played in college, and each has experience coaching. They are also proud grandparents to three grandchildren; Claire 9, Will 6, and Ivy 1.
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