What is 'Miracle On Ice' team doing now?
Updated On: Jul 12 2011 01:55:20 PM CDT
Feb. 22, 2010, marks the 30th anniversary of Miracle on Ice, the United States' improbable victory over the Soviet Union in ice hockey at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.In 1980, the Americans -- led by head coach Herb Brooks -- were a roster of college-age men. They pulled out an upset victory over the Soviet Union and then went on to defeat Finland to win gold.Check out what those players -- who are now nearing their 50s -- are up to now.
Herb Brooks: Brooks coached the under-dog U.S. hockey team to a victory over the Soviet Union when the Americans pulled out the upset victory at the 1980 Olympics. Brooks, who coached at the University of Minnesota before the Lake Placid Games, later coached in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was killed in a single-car accident in 2003 in Minnesota, and was later inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame posthumously on Nov. 13, 2006.
Bill Baker: Baker helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. In the Americans' game against Sweden, he scored to even the opening game at 2-2 to give the U.S. a tie, which allowed the Americans to advance to the medal round. He played briefly in the NHL before pursuing a career as an oral surgeon and maxillofacial specialist.
Neal Broten: After helping the U.S. win gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Games, Broten enjoyed a 17-year NHL career. His professional career included becoming the first American to score more than 100 points in a single season (1985-86) and a Stanley Cup title with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. After retiring from hockey for good in 1999, Broten moved to River Falls, Wis., with his wife to help her manage the Sally Broten Horse Company.
Dave Christian: Christian started his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets about a week after winning gold at the 1980 Olympics. He later played for the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. After his hockey career ended in 1993, Christian turned his focus to coaching. He served as the head coach and general manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Bears from 1998 to 2000.
Steve Christoff: After helping the U.S. claim gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Games, Christoff entered the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars. In 1982-83, he was traded to the Calgary Flames and then played his final season in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings in 1983-84. Christoff later worked as a pilot.
Jim Craig: Craig was the goalie for the U.S. team at the 1980 Olympics. In the game against the Soviets he deflected 36 of 39 shots on goal. After playing in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames, the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota North Stars, Craig retired from hockey in 1984. He later became president of the Boston firm Gold-Medal Marketing.
Mike Eruzione: Eruzione scored the game-winning goal to lift the U.S. over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He retired from competitive hockey after the Olympics and then went on to be a broadcaster. Eruzione later became an assistant coach for the hockey team at Boston University, where he works as director of special outreach.
John Harrington: Following the 1980 Olympics, Harrington played in the AHL before rejoining the Americans for the 1984 Sarajevo Games. He retired from hockey after the Olympics and focused on coaching. He coached the men's hockey team at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., from 1993 to 2008. Harrington coached in the Swiss National League in 2008 and was recently named the head coach of the Slovenia men's national team.
Mark Johnson: Johnson was pivotal in the American's game against the Soviet Union, scoring goals in the first and third periods to help the U.S. get the win. He played with a slew of NHL teams before ending his playing career in 1992. Johnson then focused his attention to coaching. He served as an assistant coach of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team from 1996 to 2002, and is currently the head coach of the Badgers women's team.
Rob McClanahan: McClanahan scored five goals during the 1980 Olympic tournament, during which he suffered a bruise to his upper thigh. He reportedly had an argument with head coach Herb Brooks in Lake Placid that motivated McClanahan to play through his injury. He went on to be a role player in the NHL, and he finished his professional career under Brooks with the New York Rangers in 1984. McClanahan later became a financial broker.
Ken Morrow: After winning gold with the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Olympics, Morrow went on to win the 1980 Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders. His feat made him the first player to ever win an Olympic gold medal and an NHL championship in the same season. He was a member of the Islanders' 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 Stanley Cup teams before knee injuries forced him to retire during the 1988-89 season. After his player career, Morrow became the director of pro scouting for the Isles in 1993. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Game in 1995.
John O'Callahan: O'Callahan suffered a knee injury just days before the start of the 1980 Olympics, but he recovered enough to return to the ice for the matchup against the Soviet Union. He delivered a big hit in the game that set up a U.S. goal. O'Callahan played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils before ending his hockey career in 1989. He later focused his career on finances and co-founded Beanpot Financial Services.
Mark Pavelich: Pavelich recorded an assist on the Americans' game-winning goal in their 1980 Olympic matchup against the Soviet Union. After the Lake Placid Games, Pavelich played in Switzerland before playing for Herb Brooks with the New York Rangers and the Minnesota North Stars. He then played briefly in Europe and with the San Jose Sharks before ending his hockey career in 1992.
Mike Ramsey: Ramsey was the youngest member of the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Olympics. After the Lake Placid Games he moved on to the NHL, where he was four-time All-Star with the Buffalo Sabres. He spent 14 seasons with Buffalo before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93 and then the Detroit Red Wings in 1994. He retired in 1996 and ran a sporting good store in Minnesota. He also worked in coaching, serving as an assistant coach to the Buffalo Sabres and the Minnesota Wild.
William "Buzz" Schneider: Schneider played on the "Conehead" line during the 1980 Lake Placid Games along with John Harrington and Mark Pavelich. He scored five goals and three assists throughout the Olympic tournament. Schneider went on to play hockey in Switzerland before retiring in 1983. He later worked as a sales executive and gained a commercial real estate license.
Dave Silk: Following the 1980 Olympics, Silk joined the New York Rangers. He spent three seasons with the Rangers before being traded to the Boston Bruins in 1983. Silk was later claimed off of waivers by the Detroit Red Wings in 1984, and then signed with the Winnipeg Jets in 1985. Silk retired from hockey in 1991. He then served as an assistant coach to the Boston University men's hockey team before joining the management team at Bear Stearns Investments in Boston.
Eric Strobel: After the 1980 Olympics, Strobel played briefly in the AHL before a broken ankle ended his career. He returned to his home state of Minnesota, where he worked as a telephone sales executive and coaches youth hockey.
Bob Suter: Know for his rough play, Suter's hockey career ended soon after the 1980 Olympics. He retired in 1982 having never played in an NHL game. He returned to Madison, Wis., and opened a sporting goods store, coached youth hockey, and later became a part-owner of Capital Ice Arena in a Madison suburb.
Phil Verchota: After helping the U.S. win gold at the 1980 Lake Placid Games,Verchota -- who played for Brooks at the University of Minnesota -- turned down offers to play in the NHL and instead continued his career in Europe. He played with the U.S. team again at the 1984 Olympics and then retired from hockey following the Games. He later pursued a career in banking.
Mark Wells: After helping the U.S. win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics, Wells played in at the minor leagues before retiring in 1982. He later worked as a restaurant manager in Michigan before a rare genetic disease of his spinal cord discs caused him to be bed-ridden for years.
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