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Former U.S. Olympic Goalie Pat Rupp Dies

February 3, 2006

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Pat Rupp, a goalie for the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic teams who also played one NHL game for the Detroit Red Wings, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

Rupp died at home, according to his wife, Kathy.

During the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Rupp blanked the East Germans 8-0, a shutout feat not matched by an American Olympic goalie until Ray LeBlanc held Germany scoreless in a 2-0 victory in the 1992 Olympics.

Besides his one NHL game with the Red Wings during the 1963-64 season, Rupp also played for the Dayton Gems in the International Hockey League for seven years. After retiring from hockey, Rupp went into the financial investment business.

Rupp is survived by his wife; a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Patricia, all of Dayton.

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