Joe Olson came from a hockey family. And he created a new one in Bloomington-Normal.
Olson, an Illinois Hockey Hall of Famer who is largely seen as the father of today’s growing Bloomington-Normal ice hockey community, died Friday, about a week after suffering a heart attack, the Pepsi Ice Center announced on Facebook. Joe Olson was one of the first hires when the Pepsi Ice Center opened in 2006. He had been coaching hockey in Peoria.