Bloomington-Normal Hockey Community Mourns Loss Of ‘Coach Joe’ Who Knew Every Kid’s Name

Joe Olson, right, ran the hockey programs at Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington. JIM FERRIER / COURTESY

By Ryan Denham – Joe Olson came from a hockey family. And he created a new one in Bloomington-Normal.

Olson, an Illinois Hockey Hall of Famer who is largely seen as the father of today’s growing Bloomington-Normal ice hockey community, died Friday, about a week after suffering a heart attack, the Pepsi Ice Center announced on Facebook.

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