Bernard Dusich ’75 Inducted 1999
A talented forward on three MIAC Championship hockey teams (1972, 1973, 1975), Bernie Dusich was a strong all-around player who was a prolific goal scorer, an adept passer, and a strong defender. He graduated as the fifth leading scorer in school history with 53 goals and 58 assists for 111 points. In 1974, Dusich received NAIA All-America honors and was named co-MVP of the MIAC as the Gusties compiled a record of 20-5 overall and finished third at the NAIA Championships. In his senior season, Dusich missed most of the first half of the year with an injury, but he got healthy late in the year and helped the Gusties to a MIAC title and a second place finish at the NAIA Championships. During Dusich's four years at Gustavus, the Gusties compiled an overall record of 77-20, including a 43-5 mark in the MIAC. He is one of only 11 Gustavus hockey players to have been named all-conference three times in his career.
After graduating magna cum laude with majors in psychology and political science, Dusich went on to receive his juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. He has been in private practice since 1980. In 1988, Dusich joined Sieben, Polk, LaVerdiere, Jones and Hawn and is currently a partner with the firm. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association and he was recently elected to the board of governors of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. Bernie lives in Apple Valley with his wife, Kari (Hanson '76). They have two children, Stephen and Rachel.