It still gives me chills. Even born seven years later, YouTube, remakes and overall obsession (only intensified interning at USA Hockey) have allowed me to relive that 1980 moment over and over again. A moment that has been named the greatest in sports history and the top of the 20th century — and rightfully so — it reminds us, like Al Michaels and the 1980 U.S. Olympic team did, to believe in miracles.
32 years ago to date, a 4-3 score on a sheet of ice in Lake Placid, N.Y., changed, if even just for a little bit, the game of hockey, bringing together avid fans and those who knew nothing of the game all at once. And, it changed the idea that amateur and collegiate players could not defeat the best hockey team in the world in the Soviets.
The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team rostered nine University of Minnesota players (Mike Ramsey, Rob McClanahan, Steve Janaszak, Steve Cristoff, Bill Baker, Neal Broten, Buzz Schnieder, Eric Strobel and Phil Verchota) and two University of Wisconsin players (Bob Suter and Mark Johnson) and included Golden Gopher Coach Herb Brooks as its leader.
So in honor of that amazing moment, enjoy this clip. America!