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Encyclopedia > Mike Eruzione
Eruzione tees up the go-ahead goal in the Miracle on Ice game against the Soviet Union.
Eruzione tees up the go-ahead goal in the Miracle on Ice game against the Soviet Union.
Olympic medal record
Men's Ice Hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Team

Mike "Rizzo" Eruzione (born October 25, 1954, in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is a former ice hockey player who was the captain of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States national team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous Miracle on Ice game. Screenshot from the ABC Sports broadcast of the 1980 Olympics This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Screenshot from the ABC Sports broadcast of the 1980 Olympics This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The 1980 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIII Olympic Winter Games, were held in 1980 in Lake Placid, New York, United States of America. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...   Nickname: Winthrop-by-the-Sea Settled: 1635 â€“ Incorporated: 1852 Zip Code(s): 02152 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://www. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... A runner carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. ... The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team celebrates the goal that led them to victory over the USSR. The Miracle on Ice is the popular nickname for the mens ice hockey game in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, in which a team of amateur and collegiate players from the...


Playing career

Eruzione starred for Boston University, averaging over twenty goals a season for four years. He then moved on to the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League, winning the rookie of the year award in 1978 and leading the team to the Turner Cup championship in that year. After his second year in Toledo, Eruzione, who played forward, was named the captain of the Olympic team, scoring the winning goal against the Soviets and helping the Americans win the gold medal against Finland. For the unrelated Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... The Toledo Goaldiggers were the International Hockey League franchise of Toledo, Ohio from 1974 to 1986. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ... For the article about International Humanitarian Law, click here. ...


Eruzione retired from competition after the Olympics, despite contract offers from the New York Rangers, stating that he'd reached the pinnacle of achievement already. Eruzione then became a television broadcaster, grabbing the microphone at Rangers and New Jersey Devils games, and going on to comment at five Olympic Games, working for both ABC and NBC. The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


Eruzione returned to his alma mater of Boston University to be the assistant coach for the hockey team for three seasons, and where he currently works as Director of Special Outreach. He is a member of several halls of fame. Currently, he is a part-owner of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, a farm team for Calgary, and a motivational speaker. He also help the Winthrop High School ice hockey team during the winter. For the unrelated Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ... The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta. ...


Trivia

  • On January 19, 2007, Mike appeared on the new version of the game show I've Got a Secret. His secret was that he was the captain of the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic hockey team. He failed to stump the panel when former major leaguer Billy Bean guessed it.

Ive Got a Secret (abbreviated as IGAS) was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television and was created by Allan Sherman as essentially a knockoff of Whats My Line?. The original version of the show premiered in June 19, 1952... Going The Other Way by Billy Bean For the article on the current general manager of the Oakland Athletics, see: Billy Beane. ...

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Preceded by
Cathy Freeman
Sydney 2000
Final Olympic Torchbearer
1980 USA Men's Ice Hockey Team

Salt Lake City 2002
Succeeded by
Nikolaos Kaklamanakis
Athens 2004

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ESPN.com - COMMUNITY - Once in a lifetime experience (1421 words)
Mike Eruzione found the back of the net with 10 minutes left in the game to break a 3-3 tie, and the United States held on for a 4-3 victory on Feb. 22, 1980.
Mike Eruzione: I would say it is 50/50, maybe 60/40 accurate.
Mike Eruzione: I think the dividing of the country is the big change.
Mike Eruzione - Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau (462 words)
Mike Eruzione served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory at Lake Placid.
A native of Massachusetts, Mike Eruzione was well-known as a local sports talent, being on all-scholastic teams in baseball, football and hockey.
In 1984, Mike Eruzione was seen broadcasting for ABC Sports for both the Winter and Summer Olympics from Sarajevo and Los Angeles, and also for Calgary for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
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