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Lou Nanne

Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne is a former NHL player and general manager known for his massive influence on USA hockey.

Meet Lou Nanne

Lou Nanne is a hockey legend and former NHL player and general manager known for his massive influence on USA Hockey. Hire Lou Nanne for corporate and private events. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Lou Nanne’s fees.


Lou Nanne is a former NHL defenseman and general manager. During his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, Lou earned All-WCHA First Team and WCHA Most Valuable Player honors. In 1963, he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks but turned down their $8000 contract offer because he made three times as much money working as a salesman for an envelope manufacturing company. Instead, he played in the USHL while pursuing business opportunities in the Minnesota area.

Lou Nanne’s Olympic Influence

5 years later Lou, an Ontario-born Canadian, earned his American citizenship which allowed him to play for and captain the U.S. National team at the 1968 Winter Olympics in France. Lou also played for the U.S. at the 1976 and 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1976 Canada Cup; and managed the U.S. National team in the 1981, 1984, and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments. On top of that, Lou had a large influence on the decision to name Herb Brooks as coach of the “Miracle on Ice” 1980 U.S. team.

NHL Career

It wasn’t until after the 1968 Winter Olympics that Lou made his NHL debut. He signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota North Stars, a new expansion team who had acquired his rights from the Blackhawks. Lou would play his entire NHL career with the North Stars from 1968 to 1978. Even more, immediately after his time as a player ended, he served as the general manager of the North Stars from 1978 to 1988. He also coached the team briefly during the 1978–79 season. With Lou as general manager, the North Stars reached the 1981 Stanley Cup Finals and made seven consecutive playoff appearances from 1979 to 1986.

With his hockey career, Lou has earned inductions into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 1989. All of this drives top organizations to hire Lou Nanne for corporate team building events, leadership talks, and fireside chats.

How to Hire Lou Nanne

Find out how to hire Lou Nanne to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Lou Nanne’s availability and cost. When booking Lou Nanne for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Hire Lou Nanne is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Lou Nanne booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Lou Nanne Booking Price

How much to book Lou Nanne depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire Lou Nanne for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, Lou Nanne is available for conferences, festivals, private parties and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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