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Franklyn Bonn Sanders (born March 8, 1949 in Oakdale, Minnesota) is a former professional ice hockey player who made 76 regular season game appearances for the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1972-73, scoring 8 goals and 8 assists.

He is perhaps best known for being a member of the United States hockey team that won a silver medal in the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. Sanders also played on the 1969 WCHA champion Minnesota Gophers hockey team and was captain of the 1970-71 team. He was awarded the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player Award that year.

After turning down an offer by the Boston Bruins in order to play for the Olympics, Sanders was later signed by his hometown team, the Minnesota Fighting Saints. The Saints were a charter member of the upstart World Hockey Association, a professional league that was challenging the NHL hockey empire.

Sanders was a big (6'3 230 lbs), intimidating defenseman and was known for his tough play and fighting ability. At the end of his first season he unexpectedly quit playing hockey to pursue life in the ministry. He currently pastors Spirit of Life Bible Church in Woodbury, Minnesota.

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