Induction Class of 2014
Ron Braatz was a three-sport athlete for the Comets, earning multiple letters in hockey, baseball and football. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player on the ice and also earned MVP honors on the diamond as a senior. He was a two-time captain and All-Conference hockey player and a senior baseball captain.
Once referred to in a newspaper clipping as, “not the winningest goalie in the league, but certainly the busiest,” Braatz averaged between 40 and 50 saves per game in his two All-Conference seasons in the net.
The outstanding play led him to be recruited by Dartmouth University before he would eventually decide to continue his hockey career at the University of Minnesota. As a Golden Gopher hockey player, Braatz was the #2 goalie behind All-American Mike Larsen and played alongside multiple future National Hockey League (NHL) players.
As a Comet baseball player, Braatz primarily manned third base although his versatility and leadership allowed the team to utilize his talents at multiple positions when the situation called for it and he was one of the batting leaders for the team along with teammates Dick Danowsky and Denny Schultz.
He decided to finish his hockey career at Minnesota after two seasons with the Gophers to pursue further academic training at Northwestern Electronics Institute where he finished in 1965 and would become Senior Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing as well as one of four owners at Dyancor, Inc. Hospital Information Systems. He joined the company in 1969 where he worked for 30 years before retiring from the industry. After retiring and moving to Florida, he has since become a realtor and is active in the community with a non-profit organization, “Concert on the Green” which helps provide scholarships and educational grants to deserving high school musicians and artists.
Braatz is currently in the real estate business in the Jacksonville, Fla. Area. The St. Paul, Minn. native and his wife, Joan, have a daughter, Dawn. He’s a proud member of the Armed Forces of America, serving in the Army (1965-68).
Personal Statement: “Participating in Concordia athletics prepared me for more than just winning or losing. It prepared me for coping with the ups and downs in my life. It taught me to remain steady on my course and not get caught-up in the hype of winning and the disappointment of losing. I thank my coaches and teammates for that. We just had an awful lot of fun and created a host of wonderful memories.”