America’s favorite team reunites to relive ‘Miracle on Ice’

A majority of the players from the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team are expected to reunite in Lake Placid, New York for a ceremony in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Miracle on Ice


Courtesy of Todd Walsh

The program for the 35th anniversary reunion of the 1980 U.S. hockey team.

Kara Brown, Reporter

In 1980, the world was shocked when a team of college hockey players coached by Herb Brooks, beat the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Amongst the chaos and disorder occurring around the world due to the Cold War, the U.S. hockey team gave hope to all Americans in a time of need. It was during a time of mistrust and tension between the two world superpowers. Sports Illustrated voted the game the “Greatest Sports Win of the 20th Century”.

Announcer Al Michaels captured the moment perfectly when he screamed “Do you believe in miracles…yes!” as Chicago native and hockey fan, Larry Crown, recalls watching the game live.

The Soviet defeat is to be described as a moment of deep pride and joy. Whether you were a sports fan or not, as a viewer you were extremely proud to be an American.

The game is considered to be the greatest story ever told.

“The story just never ends,” Fox Sports reporter Todd Walsh said. He describes it as the greatest upset in sports history, one that cannot be repeated or portrayed ever again.

As we all know, sports will always come with upsets, but none like the Miracle on Ice. When asked if a victory like this could ever happen again, Walsh disagreed. The world was a different place back then.

“I don’t think you’ll ever see David vs. Goliath quite like that again,” Walsh said. “When will you ever see two global super powers with one being such an underdog? I just don’t think you’ll ever see—the world just isn’t like that anymore.”

Former University of Arizona hockey player Steven Reff is now an economics professor at that university. He provides his perspective of the game.

“This month’s Super Bowl was great but I don’t think it goes beyond the sport, like that of the 1980 hockey game. Remember, this was a period of time when we were in the cold war with the Russians. It brought America together

The reunion will take place on Feb 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Herb Brooks Arena, the same arena where the team beat Russia just 35 years ago. This is expected to be the first time that the players will be together on the ice since the historic night. There will be a tribute to fallen player, Bob Suter, who passed away last September. The reunion is designed to be trans-generational. The aim is to focus on more of a father-son bonding experience by incorporating the Disney’s movie “Miracle,”  and clips from the games live coverage.  In addition the event includes memorabilia, interviews, as well as additional special guests. The last time these men were in the building, they were standing on the podium singing the national anthem.

The 20 players, who are now in their fifties, will flash back to their college years, 35 years ago, where all of America cheered for them in that same arena in a small town called Lake Placid.