The patriarch of the Lundeen family, Lloyd, was the National Speedskating Champion at age twelve. Lloyd played hockey for Mpls. West High School in the 1946 Minnesota State Tournament, then again in 1947, coming in 3rd Place with Lloyd making the All Tournament Team. Lloyd also starred in baseball at West, then pitched for the Minnesota Gophers. He was drafted by the New York Giants (now San Francisco), but his pitching career was cut short by injury. Lloyd’s five sons: Bob, Dave, Thom, Paul, & Charlie grew up playing baseball, football, and hockey --- but concentrated on hockey in high school, earning 14 letters and 10 State Tournament appearances among them. The Lundeen’s ‘hit for the cycle’ in their State Tournament success: Coming in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Bob starred in hockey for Southwest for 4 years, helping win Southwest’s (& Minneapolis’) only State Championship in 1970. Bob repeated this at the University of Wisconsin --- playing 4 years and winning the NCAA Hockey Championship in 1973. After college, Bob played on the 1976 USA Olympic Team in Innsbruck, Austria. He was drafted in the 8th round by the Minnesota North Stars, and in the 5th round by the St. Paul Fighting Saints. Bob finished his competitive hockey career playing professionally in Sweden.
Dave played hockey for 3 years at Southwest, appearing in 2 State Tournaments, and finishing 3rd in 1972. After high school, Dave played Junior ‘A’ hockey with the St. Paul Vulcans before playing 4 years at the University of Wisconsin. The peak of Dave’s college career was winning the NCAA Hockey Championship in 1977. Dave finished his competitive hockey days playing pro hockey in the Eastern Hockey League.
Thom played hockey for 3 years at Southwest, being named to the All-City Team in 1974. Thom’s State Tournament teams won 3rd Place and Consolation in his two appearances there. After high school, Thom’s Junior ‘A’ hockey team, the Jr North Stars, won the Midwest League Championship in 1975. That same year, Thom played on the USA Junior Olympic Hockey Team. Thom played for 3 years at the University of Wisconsin before returning home to win the Senior Men’s State Championship with St. Paul Parkers.
Paul played hockey for 3 years at Southwest, appearing in 2 State Tournamnents, and finishing 2nd in 1975. Paul’s Junior ‘A’ team, the Bloomington Jr Stars, won the Midwest League Championship in 1977. Paul then played for two Division I hockey teams: Playing in the Frozen Four with the University of Wisconsin in 1978, before returning home to play for the Minnesota Gophers. Paul also won the Senior Men’s State Championship with St. Paul Parkers in 1979.
Diane was a three year cheerleader for Southwest High School at a time when girls high school sports were few and far between.
Charlie played hockey at Southwest for 3 years, winning the City Championship and being named to the All-City Team. He also was a leader of the 1980 SW Hockey team, which was the last Southwest team to make it to the State Tournament. After high school, Charlie played hockey for 4 years at the University of Northern Michigan. Charlie finished his competitive hockey days playing pro in Germany. The Lundeen Family definitely was a one-of-a-kind hockey family.