Visvaldis George Nagobads was born in Latvia on November 18, 1921. Later, he moved to America to practice medicine. When Nagobads was younger, he participated in both bandy and ice hockey in Latvia.

He decided to pursue a profession in medicine, just like his uncle, while still a senior in high school. His family escaped to Germany in 1944 when Latvia was once more controlled by the Soviet Union.

Nagobads immigrated to the US in 1951 after receiving his medical degree from the University of Tübingen in Germany. Nagobads was a member of three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I title teams in his 34 years as the team doctor for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s ice hockey team.

Nagobads was a member of the Miracle on Ice squad that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics as well as the team doctor for the US men’s national team at five Winter Olympics.

The Golden Gophers Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Nagobads in 2010. Before the men’s hockey team’s game on November 20, 2021, the Golden Gophers commemorated Nagobads’ 100th birthday and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey titles they earned in 1974, 1976, and 1979.

George Nagobads Cause Of Death

On March 31, 2023, George Nagobads passed away at the age of 101. It is unclear what caused his death.


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