Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
Members of the 1980 United States Gold Medal winning hockey team will take part in an Olympic send off ceremony prior to the Phoenix Coyotes game on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. (MST) at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ. Thirteen members of the Miracle on Ice hockey team will also participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the Coyotes hosting the Chicago Blackhawks, per a Monday team report.
"We are thrilled to welcome so many players from the United States’ Miracle on Ice team to the Valley,” Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. “The Coyotes are excited about the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and we couldn’t think of a better way to get all of our fans excited about the upcoming Olympic Games than by honoring the greatest and most memorable U.S. Olympic team of the 20th century.”
Members of 1980 US hockey team confirmed for the event are Mike Eruzione, Neal Broten, John Harrington, Steve Janaszak, Rob McClanahan, Ken Morrow, Mike Ramsey, Buzz Schneider, Dave Silk, Eric Strobel, Bob Suter, Phil Verchota and Mark Wells.
At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY the U.S. men’s hockey team, comprised of collegiate and amateur players, defeated the dominate USSR squad 4-3 in the semi-finals. The Soviet Union had won the previous four Winter Olympic ice hockey gold medals, dating back to 1964. Three members of the 1980 Soviet Union team are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The victory over the Soviet Union is now known as the "Miracle On Ice".
The U.S. won the gold medal in their final game by beating Finland.
The International Ice Hockey Federation named the “Miracle On Ice” as the 20th century’s top international ice hockey story. Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century.