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Longtime AP sports writer, editor dies


Ben Olan, a sports writer and editor at The Associated Press for more than 50 years who was honored by the NHL Hall of Fame, died. He was 96.

Known for being nattily dressed during his days when AP headquarte­rs was located at 50 Rockefelle­r Plaza, Olan died Monday morning at a nursing home in Queens, said his grandson, Trevor Hickey.

Olan started at the AP in 1952, ran the hockey coverage for more than a decade and later wrote about baseball, college and pro basketball, and boxing. He then became a special projects editor and retired in 2003.

In 1987, the NHL Hall of Fame presented him with the Elmer Ferguson Award, which honors members of the newspaper profession. He also was a member of the Internatio­nal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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