Jason Lesteberg ’96 Inducted 2012
With a tempered personality and cool demeanor, Jason Lesteberg was the silent assassin of the Gustavus men's hockey team in the early 1990s. A two-time all-conference performer in 1995 and 1996, Lesteberg's strength, ability to score, and unselfish persona made him Gustavus's seventh leading scorer of all time. The humble forward finished his career with a "quiet" 71 goals and 103 assists for 174 points. He ranks third all-time with seven hat tricks and is the most recent Gustavus player to surpass 150 career points.
Although his career totals rank him among the Gustie greats, it is Lesteberg's senior season that sets him apart. During Gustavus's 1995-96 campaign, opposing teams found it nearly impossible to keep him away from the puck and off the scoresheet. Playing alongside Tim McDonald `'98 and Chris Porter `97 on one of the most renowned lines in the history of Golden Gustie hockey, "Lesty" averaged 2.52 points per game, finishing the year with 26 goals and 37 assists for a school-record 63 points. He was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, just the second in school history, and garnered First Team All-America honors. Gustavus won the MIAC championship in the 1992-93 season, qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the third time in program history. The Black and Gold went a combined 57-41-7 overall and 41-17-6 in the MIAC during Lesteberg's tenure in a Gustavus sweater.
After graduating in 1996 with a major in management, Lesteberg remained at Gustavus where he served as assistant coach with the women's hockey team for one season and then the men's team for three seasons. He then began a rapid climb through the women's hockey coaching ranks serving as the head coach at Division III UW-Stevens Point in 2000-01, Division I Bemidji State in 2001-02 and Division I St. Cloud State from 2002-06. Lesteberg ended his coaching career with USA Hockey as an assistant coach for the women's national team in 2008-09. For the past three years, he has worked as an account executive for SHAZAM, an electronic funds transfer service provider, in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jason lives in St. Cloud with his wife, Jodi.