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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Football, Hockey (B)

Greg Buckmeier (Inducted 2013)

By Tom Hintgen

Greg Buckmeier. PHOTO PROVIDED

Greg Buckmeier, a 2013 inductee into the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame, was Otter Male Athlete of the Year in 1993.

His letters include hockey (3), football (2) and baseball (2). He was captain in hockey and baseball his senior year at Fergus Falls High School. He also had an outstanding college, military and professional career.

In hockey, Buckmeier played in all 24 varsity games as a sophomore and was the fifth leading scorer for the Otters.  His junior year he led the team in scoring and was named the Co-MVP.  He also received second team All-Section 8 recognition and tied the school record with six assists in a single game.  As a senior Buckmeier was again the leading scorer with 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists), a school record for a single season.  He is the third among the all-time scoring leaders for Fergus Falls boys hockey.  Buckmeier was All-Section 8 first team and All-Mariucci Conference his senior year.  He participated in the Maroon/Gold Senior All-Star game pitting outstate versus metro.  Buckmeier tallied one goal and one assist in a two-game split.

As a football player, Buckmeier was a fullback his junior year and played running back and defensive back as a senior.  His junior year the Otters lost in the Section championship game when they missed a two-point conversion that would have won the game, which was played at the Metrodome due to the Halloween storm of 1991.  His senior year he played every down of the first two games before being sidelined with broken bones in his back.  He returned for the final regular season game an the playoffs.

As a baseball player Buckmeier was an outfielder who hit .450 as a junior and .400 as a senior, serving as captain.

After high school Buckmeier played Junior A hockey for the Rochester Mustangs, scoring 37 points during the 1994-95 season and winning the Teamís Leadership Award after his second season.  His play at Rochester earned him an offer to continue his education and hockey career at the United State Military Academy at West Point.  He was a 4-year letter winner in college and was Co-Captain his senior year.  As a freshman he was sixth in scoring with 27 points.  He was the third leading scorer his sophomore year with 44 points and second leading scorer as a junior with 41 points.  He was also the third leading scorer his senior year, despite playing through a broken wrist obtained during the first game of that season.  Buckmeier finished twelfth on the all-time list in goals and twentieth all-time in points.  He was also on the Academic Honor Roll and received the Superintendentís Award at West Point while earning a BS Degree in Operations Research (Mathematics/Systems Engineering).

Greg served five years in the Army, attaining superb evaluation reports, before an honorable discharge as a Captain to pursue a career in the business sector back in Minnesota.  After 18 months at Best Buy Corporate in Minneapolis he was called back off of the Inactive Ready Reserve and deployed to Iraq where he served as a Civil Affairs Officer mentoring the start-up of local governments.  He earned a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.

Greg is the son of Al (Apache Junction, Arizona) and Chris (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) Buckmeier.  He has been married to Danielle (Prischmann) Buckmeier for 13 years.  They have two Children, Amelia (10) and Leighton (7).

Greg is passing the love of sports to the next generation by coaching both youth hockey and baseball.

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