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At the 1980 Winter Olympics hosted in Lake Placid, New York, one ice hockey event was held: Men's Ice Hockey, played at the Olympic Center, now known as the Herb Brooks Arena.

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Background

These Olympics came at a difficult time for American-Soviet relations, as they were deep in the Cold War. Only months before the games began, the USSR had invaded Afghanistan, and there was a possibility that the strong Soviet team might not show up. However, they competed in the Lake Placid games in the end, although the Americans later boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

The Soviets had won every Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament since 1960 Olympics, were well-seasoned and had been playing together for many years (though they lacked young players). In contrast, the Americans were a collection of college students (most from the rival schools of University of Minnesota and Boston University) with little history of playing together. However, the US team also featured several highly promising players who would go on to have successful careers in the National Hockey League after the Olympics.

Three days before the Olympics, Coach Herb Brooks scheduled an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden in New York City against the Soviet team. The Americans lost 10 - 3, and Jack O'Callahan (defense) tore a ligament in his knee, though he returned before the medal round. Coach Brooks gave only a few interviews after the game.

Despite these setbacks, Brooks managed to unify his players, training them for a year (the core of the team had been assembled since the 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow), and led them to victory. In the end, the Americans were better prepared both physically and mentally than their opponents.

Highlights

The "Miracle on Ice" on a Paraguayan stamp

The USA vs USSR game, called the "Miracle on Ice" in the United States, is the best-remembered game of the tournament and the best-remembered international hockey game in the United States. It was the USA's penultimate game of the tournament's round-robin medal round. The USA's final game, against Finland, was the game which actually won the gold medal for the United States. Finland finished 4th in the overall standings. Another upset which is not always noticed, is when Poland defeated the much better team of Finland 5-4 during the Preliminary round.

Medalists

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Flag of the United States United States

Jim Craig
Jack O'Callahan
Bill Baker
Ken Morrow
Mike Ramsey
Bob Suter
Dave Christian
Dave Silk
Steve Janaszak
Mark Johnson
Rob McClanahan
John Harrington
Mark Pavelich
Buzz Schneider
Steve Christoff
Neal Broten
Mike Eruzione
Eric Strobel
Mark Wells
Phil Verchota

Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union

Helmuts Balderis
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
Viacheslav Fetisov
Aleksandr Golikov
Vladimir Golikov
Alexei Kasatonov
Valeri Kharlamov
Vladimir Krutov
Yuri Lebedev
Sergei Makarov
Aleksandr Maltsev
Boris Mikhailov
Vladimir Myshkin
Vasili Pervukhin
Vladimir Petrov
Aleksandr Skvortsov
Sergei Starikov
Valeri Vasiliev
Vladislav Tretiak
Viktor Zhluktov

Flag of Sweden Sweden

Pelle Lindbergh
William Löfquist
Tomas Jonsson
Sture Andersson
Ulf Weinstock
Jan Eriksson
Tommy Samuelsson
Mats Waltin
Thomas Eriksson
Per Lundquist
Mats Åhlberg
Håkan Eriksson
Mats Näslund
Lennart Norberg
Bengt Lundholm
Leif Holmgren
Bo Berglund
Dan Söderström
Lars Molin

Blue Division

Top two teams (shaded ones) advanced to the medal round.

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of Sweden Sweden 5 4 0 1 26 7 9
Flag of the United States United States 5 4 0 1 25 10 9
Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 34 16 6
Flag of Romania Romania 5 1 3 1 13 29 3
Flag of Federal Republic of Germany West Germany 5 1 4 0 21 30 2
Flag of Norway Norway 5 0 4 1 9 36 1
  • February 12
    • Czechoslovakia 11-0 Norway
    • Romania 6-4 West Germany
    • Sweden 2-2 USA
  • February 14
    • Romania 0-8 Sweden
    • Norway 4-10 West Germany
    • USA 7-3 Czechoslovakia
  • February 16
    • USA 5-1 Norway
    • Romania 2-7 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 5-2 West Germany
  • February 18
    • Norway 1-7 Sweden
    • West Germany 3-11 Czechoslovakia
    • USA 7-2 Romania
  • February 20
    • Norway 3-3 Romania
    • Czechoslovakia 2-4 Sweden
    • West Germany 2-4 USA

Red Division

Top two teams (shaded ones) advanced to the medal round.

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 51 11 10
Flag of Finland Finland 5 3 2 0 26 18 6
Flag of Canada Canada 5 3 2 0 28 12 6
Flag of Poland Poland 5 2 3 0 15 23 4
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 5 1 3 1 16 43 3
Flag of Japan Japan 5 0 4 1 7 36 1
  • February 12:
    • Netherlands 1-10 Canada
    • Poland 5-4 Finland
    • Japan 0-16 USSR
  • February 14:
    • Netherlands 4-17 USSR
    • Poland 1-5 Canada
    • Japan 3-6 Finland
  • February 16
    • Japan 3-3 Netherlands
    • USSR 8-1 Poland
    • Canada 3-4 Finland
  • February 18
    • Canada 6-0 Japan
    • Netherlands 5-3 Poland
    • Finland 2-4 USSR
  • February 20
    • Poland 5-1 Japan
    • USSR 6-4 Canada
    • Finland 10-3 Netherlands

Medal Round

The top two teams from each group play the top two teams from the other group once. Points from previous games against their own group carry over, excluding teams who failed to make the medal round. First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
Flag of the United States United States 3 2 0 1 10 7 5
Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 16 8 4
Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 0 1 2 7 14 2
Flag of Finland Finland 3 0 2 1 7 11 1
  • February 22
    • USA 4-3 USSR
    • Finland 3-3 Sweden
  • February 24:
    • Sweden 2-9 USSR
    • USA 4-2 Finland

Carried over group matches:

  • February 12 Sweden 2-2 USA
  • February 18 Finland 2-4 USSR

5th place game

  • February 22 Czechoslovakia 6-1 Canada

Leading scorers

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1 Flag of the Czech Republic Milan Novy 6 7 8 15
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Peter Stastny 6 7 7 14
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Pouzar 6 8 5 13
4 Flag of Soviet Union Aleksandr Golikov 7 7 6 13
5 Flag of Finland Jukka Porvari 7 7 4 11
6 Flag of Soviet Union Boris Mikhailov 7 6 5 11
6 Flag of Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 7 6 5 11
8 Flag of Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 7 5 6 11
8 Flag of the Czech Republic Marian Stastny 6 5 6 11
8 Flag of the United States Mark Johnson 7 5 6 11

Hat Tricks

3 GOALS

Ken Berry, Canada vs.Netherlands

Doru Tureanu, Romania vs.West Germany

Aleksandr Golikov, Soviet Union vs.Japan

Vladimir Krutov, Soviet Union vs.Netherlands

Yuri Lebedev, Soviet Union vs.Netherlands

Helmut Balderis, Soviet Union vs.Poland

Mats Aalberg, Sweden vs.Norway

Jack de Heer, Netherlands vs. Poland

Peter Stastny, Czechoslovakia vs.West Germany

Jaroslav Pouzar, Czechoslovakia vs.West Germany

Milan Novy, Czechoslovakia vs.West Germany

Final ranking

  1. Flag of the United States United States
  2. Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union
  3. Flag of Sweden Sweden
  4. Flag of Finland Finland
  5. Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
  6. Flag of Canada Canada
  7. Flag of Poland Poland
  8. Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
  9. Flag of Romania Romania
  10. Flag of Federal Republic of Germany West Germany
  11. Flag of Norway Norway
  12. Flag of Japan Japan

References

  • Official Report
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