'Miracle on Ice' celebrates 40th anniversary

Forty years ago the United States Olympic hockey team beat a seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union and would go on to win gold.

Posted: Feb 23, 2020 12:04 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2020 1:13 AM

Lake Placid, NY - Today 40 years ago the most unforgettable moment in USA hockey history happened in upstate New York.

That moment was the ‘Miracle on Ice’.

February 22, 1980 the United States Olympic team took on a presumably unbeatable Soviet Union in the Winter Olympics.
The soviets had outshot the Americans 39-16 in this game but a goal by Mike Eruzionie, mid-way through the third period would put the US on top and they'd hold the Soviets off for the remainder of regulation. That last goal was heard around the world.

The Americans would go onto win gold against Finland but that performance against the Soviets would go down as one of, if not the greatest, moment in sports history.

This game which aired on tape-delay, has held such an impact on the significant growth of hockey at the amateur and professional levels and the broadcasting of the sport.

Just two weeks ago, the Clinton Girls ice hockey program won the New York State title for the first time in program history on the same ice.

We celebrate the 40 year anniversary today.
Like the great sportscaster Al Michaels said, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"

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