UND Legend Bill Steenson Dies

Former Sioux defenseman Bill Steenson, who captained the Sioux to their first national title in 1959, has passed away, UND said on Friday.

Steenson remains UND’s only three-time first-team All-American.

The Moose Jaw, Sask., native was widely respected as evidenced by a conversation that Herald writer Virg Foss had with legendary coach Herb Brooks in the early 1980s (after the Miracle on Ice). Brooks told Foss that Steenson was the best and toughest defenseman he ever saw.

Steenson played for the Sioux from 1956-59. He had 14 points in 23 games while helping the Sioux to the 1959 championship.

Steenson was inducted into UND’s Hall of Fame in 1976.

1 Response

  1. Loosing history

    I would love to see a clip of hockey back in Mr. Steenson time to compare how the game has changed. I remember watching in the old barn as a youngster. I seem to remember there being more three man rushes from behind the net. Seems like there was more scoring from the blue lines with bigh wind up slap shots. I guess it was a different game. Any other thoughts out there?

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