#30: The Duke Pieper Story


Duke Pieper was a youth hockey phenom who seemed destined for a long career on the ice. On the night of his first high school varsity game as a freshman, Duke suffered a cavernous hemangioma, better known as a brain bleed, and was ultimately given a 5 percent change to live. 

In his compelling book, I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle, Duke recounts his difficult and courageous struggle to survive, battling months of paralysis, multiple surgeries, massive nerve damage, and countless other setbacks. During our conversation, Duke opens up about the difficulty of giving up the sport he loves, living with physical limitations, and his plans for the future. 

Be sure to check out what Duke is up to by visiting the Pieper Hope and Courage Foundation.


Duke's Favorites in the Twin Cities

Favorite Meal Under $15:

Favorite Public Space:

Favorite Annual Event:

  • Fourth of July

How would you describe the Twin Cities:

  • “It's the state of hockey. People love their hockey around here."

Most Fascinating Person you KNow:

  • My father

State of the Union Message:

  • “If you can get your mind right and get the right attitude, you can overcome anything and do whatever you want to do in your life."