1980 USA Hockey

Miracle on Ice: Where Are They Now?

After the 1980 US hockey team defeated the favorite to win Soviet team in the game that came to be called the Miracle on Ice, the entire nation celebrated. Their photos graced the covers of magazines, including Time and movies were made about their amazing win. Where are the USA team members today? What have they been doing in the years after they made America proud?

Coach Herb Brooks went on to an illustrious career coaching the New York Rangers, the Minnesota North Stars, the New Jersey Devils, and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the United States. He also coached the 1998 French Olympic team and coached the 2002 USA team to a silver medal in the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away following an auto accident in 2003. During his lifetime he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. After his death, the arena where he helped team USA defeat the Soviet team in the historical Miracle on Ice game was renamed in his honor and a statue erected in the city of Lake Placid, New York where the 1980 Olympic Games were hosted.

Defenseman Ken Morrow went on to win the National Hockey League prestigious Stanley Cup four times while playing with the New York Islanders from 1980 to 1983. Morrow currently serves as the head scout for the Islanders.

The 1980 USA hockey team captain Mike Eruzione who scored the winning goal against the USSR later became a TV broadcaster for the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers. He works for the University of Boston and helps the high school team in Winthrop, Massachusetts, his home town.

Following the 1980 Miracle on Ice game, center Mark Pavelich played for the National Hockey League as well as playing for teams in Germany and in the United Kingdom. He retired in 1992 and lives in Wisconsin where he works as a real estate developer.

Mark Johnson played for 5 different National Hockey League teams after the 1980 USA hockey gold medal game. He coached the women’s USA Olympic hockey team in 2010. Currently Johnson is the head coach for the women’s hockey team at the University of Wisconsin.

Mike Ramsey played for 17 years after the Miracle on Ice. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is the assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild team.

Neal Broten also played for 17 years following America’s amazing victory at the 1980 Olympic Games. He won the Stanley Cup in 1995 while playing for the New Jersey Devils. Broten lives in Wisconsin where he and his wife train horses.

The USA team goal tender Jim Craig now lives in Massachusetts where he is a marketing coach and a motivational speaker. He travels all over the United States delivering motivational talks to major companies. He is vice president for The Hat Trick Group in Massachusetts.
Craig Patrick, the assistant coach for the 1980 Miracle on Ice team spent a number of years working as the director of operations for the New York Rangers. In 1981 he became the youngest general manager in the history of the Rangers. He worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped create a winning strategy that resulted in two Stanley Cups for the team. He is the third generation of Patricks to have the family name inscribed on the Stanley Cup and to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jack O’Callahan went on to play played 390 regular season games in the National Hockey League after the Miracle on Ice. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils from 1982 until 1989. He retired and together with Jack Hughes, he founded the Beanpot Financial Services.

John Harrington played for Switzerland from 1980 to 1981 and then returned to the United States to play for the USA National team on full time. He played for the US team in the World Championship tournaments in 1981, 1982 and again in 1983. He was a team member of the 1984 Winter Olympics team. Harrington retired after 1984 and took a job as assistant coach for the University of Denver. Harrington returned to Minnesota in 1990 as assistant coach for St. Cloud State University. In recent years he has worked with the Swiss National team and with the team in Slovenia.

William “Buzz” Schneider played in Switzerland until 1983 when he returned to the United States and played for the team in the 1982 World Championship tournament. He retired in 1983 and went to work in Minneapolis as a sales executive. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Currently, Buzz is the coordinator of the men’s national hockey team in Turkey.

Dave Christian joined the Winnipeg Jets one week after the 1980 USA hockey team performed the Miracle on Ice. He currently holds the record for the fasted goal by any player by scoring 7 seconds into his first shift on the ice. He later played for the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins and the Saint Louis Blues. He scored 340 goals and 433 assists and played 1009 regular season games in the National Hockey League. Upon retiring from play, Christian became the coach of the Fargo-Moorhead Bears. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Dave Silk was drafted by the New York Rangers after the Miracle on Ice where he played until he was traded to the Boston Buins. He joined the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent in 1985 and then played for Germany from 1986 until 1987. Silk retired in 1991 and took an assistant coach position at Boston University. Dave Silk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Olympic Hall of Fame. He earned his business degree and currently is works for Bear Stearns Investments in Boston.

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