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Buckmeier named to Chamber Sports Hall of Fame

Published 7:59am Monday, July 8, 2013

Greg Buckmeier, who will be inducted July 27 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.

Here are some of his major athletic accomplishments: Hockey:

+ Sophomore year: played in all 24 varsity hockey games, fifth leading scorer.

+ Junior year: leading hockey scorer, team Co-MVP, second team Section 8, tied school record for assists in a single game with six, while both of his wings recorded hat tricks.

+ Senior year: leading hockey scorer (64 points (33 goals, 31 assists) which is a school record for a single season; third all-time leading scorer; first team Section 8 and Mariucci Conference; played in Maroon/Gold Senior All-Star game pitting outstate versus metro when Buckmeier tallied one goal and one assist in two-game split.


+ Junior year, fullback: Otters missed state tournament appearance by a failed two-point conversion and played at Metrodome due to Halloween storm of 1991.

+ Senior year, running back and defensive back: Played every down of first two games (including a 48-yard run in one game and a game-saving tackle after a long run with under a minute remaining in the other) before being sidelined with broken bones in his back; after daily rehab, came back for regular season finale and playoffs.


+ Junior year as outfielder: Batted over .450 for the season; one game away from state tournament.

+ Senior year, outfielder: Was captain and batted .400.


+ Junior A Hockey for the Rochester (Minn.) Mustangs

+ Scored 37 Points during the 1994-95 season.

+ Earned Let’s Play Hockey “Player of the Week” honors in 1994 highlighted by scoring three goals in the span of only 2 minutes and 22 seconds in a close win over the Thunder Bay Bombers.

+ Awarded with the Team’s Leadership Award after second season.

+ Earned an offer to continue his education and hockey career at the United States Military Academy (West Point).

+ College 4-Year Letter Winner and Co-Captain Senior Year.

+ Freshmen-Senior Scoring: Sixth Leading Scorer (27 points), Third Leading Scorer (44 points), Second Leading Scorer (41 points.), Third Leading Scorer in senior campaign despite playing through a broken wrist obtained in the opening game of that season.

+ 12th on All-Time list in Goals; 20th All Time in points.

+ Academic Honor Roll/ Superintendent’s Award at West Point while earning a BS Degree in Operations Research (Mathematics/Systems Engineering).

Military accomplishments:

* After Graduation, commissioned as a 2LT in the Army serving in the Field Artillery at Fort Lewis, Wash.

* Served as a Leader in the Unit that performed Operation Testing of Stryker Wheeled Tactical Vehicle that was deployed all over Iraq and is still being used in Afghanistan.

* Served 5 years, 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, was called back off of the Inactive Ready Reserve and deployed to Iraq.

* Served as a Civil Affairs Officer in Northern Iraq mentoring the start-up of local governments including attending weekly city council meetings and managing hundreds of projects including the construction of schools, wells, roads and bridges. Earned a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.

Professional Career:

* After leaving the military, worked at Best Buy Corporate Office in Minneapolis for 4 years in Supply Chain (5 + years including Military Leave of Absence).

* Has worked the last 4 + years for Advance Autoparts in the Minneapolis office, currently serving as Director of Supply Chain Development.


* Son of Al (Apache Junction, Ariz.) and Chris (Eden Prairie, Minn.) Buckmeier.

* Married to Danielle (Prischmann) Buckmeier for 13 years.

* Two Children: Amelia (10) and Leighton (7).

* Passing the love of sports to the next generation by coaching both youth hockey and baseball.

* Currently living in Robbinsdale, Minn. Moving back to the Fergus Falls area this summer.

Thank You notes:

* “To my parents for lugging me around to practices and games for over 10 years, being there after both good and bad games, emphasizing the balance between sports and academics and the silent example of their work ethic/sacrifice to attain one’s goals.”

* “Thank you to all of the youth and high school coaches/mentors who gave their time over the years. I can still remember the name of every coach/mentor and specific moments with several of them. The impact of these memories is not lost on me, while I move into that phase of my sports involvement.”

* “Lastly, to all of my teammates and lifelong friends I have developed through school and sports participation in a tight-knit community. The fondness of these memories draws us back to Fergus so our children can have similar experiences.”

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