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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Baseball, Football, Hockey (B)

Blaine Rude (Inducted 2018)

By Tom Hintgen


Blaine Rude is a 1986 graduate of Fergus Falls High School who was a three-sport athlete in football, hockey and baseball.


It was the game of hockey where Blaine excelled. From the early years in the local youth programs and traveling teams, through his high school career, he began to receive more recognition and honors as his game grew.


A four-year player and captain his senior year, Blaine was selected to a number of all conference, section, and state high school teams.


He was a two-time first team all-state selection, playing forward as

a junior and then as a defenseman his senior year. Blaine was selected to the National Sports Festival in 1985 and 1986.


He was among the top 80 amateur hockey prospects for the 1988 Olympic team. Blaine attended the National Junior Camp in Lake Placid, New York.


He was a Mr. Hockey Minnesota finalist in 1986. Blaine set a number of school records during his hockey career for the Otters. They included 164 career points, 96 career assists, 40 season assists, and 50 season points by a defenseman.


He was selected to play for Herb Brooks on the Minnesota Select All Star Team after his senior season, a team that won the 1986 U.S. Junior Olympic Hockey Tournament.


The Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League selected him in the ninth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.


As a top college prospect, Blaine was recruited by over 25 Division I colleges and universities. He decided to accept a full scholarship to play for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Deciding to leave hockey, Blaine transferred to UM-Duluth to study mathematics.


After college, he decided to dust off the skates and play for the St. Paul Saints of the American Hockey Association where he ended his career.


Today, Blaine is a project manager for a construction/landscaping firm in St. Paul. He lives in Eagan with his wife Tiffany and their four children.


Son Alex Rude is a junior at UW-Madison, stepsons Tyler and Jordan Glidden are seniors at Eagan High school and daughter Peyton Rude also is a senior at Eagan

High School.


He has spent the last 15 years volunteering/coaching for the Eagan Athletic Association as well as Eagan High School.

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