Mike Eruzione

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Captain of the 1980 U. S. Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team

Mike Eruzione served as the Captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory in Lake Placid, NY. The highlight of the games for Eruzione was scoring the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. The victory against the Soviets advanced the U.S. Hockey Team to the Gold Medal Game where they beat Finland to win the gold medal.
  

Mike Eruzione served as the Captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory in Lake Placid, NY. The highlight of the games for Eruzione was scoring the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union. The victory against the Soviets advanced the U.S. Hockey Team to the Gold Medal Game where they beat Finland to win the gold medal.

A native of Massachusetts, Eruzione was a well-known sports talent, who excelled in all-scholastic baseball, football, and hockey. While attending Boston University, Eruzione captained the hockey team his senior year and finished his college career as the third leading scorer in B. U. history. The years he played at B.U., his team won four Eastern Collegiate Championships. Eruzione was regarded as the Best Defensive Forward in the Hockey East Conference and eventually was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eruzione played on two U.S. National Teams and played two years with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League. The IHL rewarded him with the McKenzie Award, which is annually presented to the most outstanding American born player in the IHL. The following year Eruzione was chosen to join the 1980 Olympic Team. He was honored by being elected captain by his Olympic teammates.

After the victory in Lake Placid, Eruzione spent several years in New York and New Jersey as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden. In 1984, Mike joined ABC and did broadcasting for the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In 1992, Mike did broadcasting for CBS in Albertville, France, and in Lillehammer, Norway, during the 1994 Olympic Games.

The 1980 Olympic Team received many accolades after winning the goal medal, including being inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. On December 2, 1999, the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team was given the ultimate compliment when Sports Illustrated Magazine voted their moment the #1 sports moment of the century. On February 8, 2002, Eruzione and his teammates had the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For the past several years Eruzione has traveled throughout the country representing major corporations as their spokesperson and / or motivational speaker. Presently he is employed by Boston University as the Director of Development for Athletics. He is the Vice President of Business Development for Gymamerica.com which is a health & fitness website.

Eruzione remains in his hometown with his wife and their three children. He is actively involved in fund raising events for the Olympic Committee, as well as several charitable and youth organizations. In December of 2001, he appeared on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," where he won over $100,000.00 for local charities.

Known as the "Miracle on Ice," Walt Disney studios has adapted the story of that Olympic triumph over the Soviets into a feature length film, titled "Miracle," which was released in February 2004. The film stars Kurt Russell as legendary Olympic head coach Herb Brooks, and Hollywood up-and-comer Patrick O'Brien Demsey as Mike Eruzione.

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