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Peoria hockey stalwarts Joe and Ric Olson die hours apart

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Peoria hockey stalwarts Joe and Ric Olson die hours apart: ‘We are devastated’

By Dave Eminian - Journal Star


The Olson family is local hockey royalty, their family tree planted firmly among the roots of hockey in central Illinois.

The Peoria and Bloomington hockey communities absorbed a blow over the weekend when brothers Joe and Ric Olson died a few hours apart, both from heart attacks.

“We are devastated,” said Mike Olson, the oldest of the three brothers whose father, Mark Olson, is one of the founding fathers of hockey in Peoria. “I went to bed on Friday night with two brothers, and I went to bed on Saturday night with none.”

Joe Olson had a heart attack two weeks ago, was later taken off life support, and died late Friday night at age 60. The family was gathered in Peoria on Saturday afternoon when Ric Olson, 68, collapsed from a heart attack and died.

“They had the same birthday — both born on the same day, different years,” Mike Olson said. “That is so odd that they died from the same thing, virtually on the same day.

Read more at: https://www.pjstar.com/sports/20190604/peoria-hockey-stalwarts-joe-and-ric-olson-die-hours-apart-we-are-devastated


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