Miracle On Ice:
Remembering Mike Eruzione & Lake Placid 1980
To say that Mike Eruzione is the United States greatest
hockey legend sounds a little funny. He wasn't a great player. In fact he never made it to
the NHL. Of all the great names in American hockey history, Eruzione would probably rank
near the bottom in terms of hockey talent.
Eruzione's lone significant accomplishment ranks highest of all American hockey
Mike Eruzione scored the game winning goal in the legendary
"Miracle on Ice." Like Paul Henderson for Canada in 1972, Mike Eruzione will
forever be remember for scoring that goal and little else.
The 1980 Olympic Games were of course held in Lake Placid New
York. The American squad was led by head coach Herb Brooks and were heavy underdogs. In an
exhibition game just prior to the Olympics, the Soviets dismantled a U.S. squad with an
average age of 20, 11 goals to 3.
After an opening game tie against Sweden, the Americans would
go on to win their next 4 games, only to find themselves against the Goliath known as the
Soviet Union. Coach Brooks told his team "You were born to be hockey players. You
were meant to be here. This moment is yours."
In a classic confrontation the teams remained tied with ten
minutes to go. Enter Eruzione.
The confident youngster snapped a shot to give the U.S. a
stunning 4-3 lead which they managed to hand on to despite immense pressure. The U.S.
still had to play against Finland, but were already guaranteed
the gold medal. The
Soviets were forced to settle for silver.
Mike Eruzione wasn't a great hockey player. He was at the
right place at the right time. Now he is forever etched into hockey history, and will go
down as a Legend of Hockey
Can The U.S. Steal Olympic Gold From The Russians? - an article by
Dan Stoneking in The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey: 1980 season,
written half a year before the 1980 Olympics
Eruzione's late goal lifts US over USSR - NHL.com
kids perform Olympic miracle - ESPN Classic
shocks Soviets in ice hockey 4-3 - Washington Post
Remembering the Miracle - CNNSI
Tretiak will never forget Lake Placid - IIHF website
Miracle on Ice team reunites - Pittsburgh LIVE
Where Are They Now? - Unknown
a Miracle - ESPN
1980 Miracle Coach Herb Brooks Killed In Car Accident
Olympic gold medal
miracle was in 1960 - Daily Press
Cold Wars - Squaw Valley 1960 - CNNSI
You Believe in Miracles?: The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team
You don't need to know anything about hockey to be
moved by this hour long documentary about one of the greatest upsets in
sports history: the United States' defeat of the vaunted Russian Olympic
hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The
story is retold in interviews with the people who lived it, including
Brooks and several of the American players, sportscaster Al Michaels and
key Russian players. Do You Believe in Miracles? is a solid blend of
sports and history that focuses on the human element in one of the great
underdog victories of all time
||The true-life tale
of the American Olympic Hockey Team at the 1980 Lake Placid Games during
which they triumphed, against all odds, to beat the Soviet Union squad,
who at that point, were the most unstoppable force in the world Kurt
Russell does an incredible job as Herb Brooks, while real hockey players,
including former NHLers Ryan Walter, Sasha Lakovic and Bill Ranford do the
hockey scenes. A must have for any hockey fan.
[Wide Screen] [2 Discs]
[Full Screen] [2 Discs]