The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

by Mike Eruzione, Neal Boudette


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On the fortieth anniversary of the historic "Miracle on Ice," Mike Eruzione—the captain of the 1980 U.S Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, who scored the winning goal—recounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.

It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and unsigned amateurs, under the tutelage of legendary coach—and legendary taskmaster—Herb Brooks, beat the elite Soviet hockey team on their way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. No one believed the scrappy Americans had a real shot at winning. Despite being undefeated, the U.S.—the youngest team in the competition—were facing off against the four-time defending gold medalist Russians. But the Americans’ irrepressible optimism, skill, and fearless attitude helped them outplay the seasoned Soviet team and deliver their iconic win.

As captain, Mike Eruzione led his team on the ice on that Friday, February 22, 1980. But beating the U.S.S.R was only one of the numerous challenges Mike has faced in his life. In this inspiring memoir, he recounts the obstacles he has overcome, from his blue-collar upbringing in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to his battle to make the Boston University squad; his challenges in the minor leagues and international tournaments to his selection to the U.S. team and their run for gold. He also talks about the aftermath of that stupendous win that inspired and united the nation at a time of crisis in its history.

Eruzione has lived a hockey life full of unexpected twists and surprising turns. Al Michaels’ famous call in 1980—"do you believe in miracles? YES!"—could have been about Mike himself. Filled with vivid portraits—from his hard-working, irrepressible father to the irascible Herb Brooks to the Russian hall of famers Tretiak, Kharlamov, Makarov, and Fetisov—this lively, fascinating look back is destined to become a sports classic and is a must for hockey fans, especially those who witnessed that miraculous day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062960955
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 12,607
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mike Eruzione is the director of special outreach at his alma mater, Boston University. He has been a television commentator, a motivational speaker, and a hockey coach. He lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

Neal Boudette, is a graduate of Boston University and a reporter for the New York Times. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword Al Michaels ix

Chapter 1 February 22, 1980 1

Chapter 2 Three Floors, No Doors 5

Chapter 3 "There's No Spot for You" 15

Chapter 4 A Chance Encounter 27

Chapter 4 The Brawl in Denver 43

Chapter 6 East Versus West 59

Chapter 7 "Mr. Brooks Is My Father" 73

Chapter 8 "We're a Family Now" 93

Chapter 9 Spit in the Tiger's Eye 119

Chapter 10 "I Just Have a Feeling" 137

Chapter 11 Magic 157

Chapter 12 One Moment in Time 171

Chapter 13 "Hello, Mr. President" 193

Chapter 14 Possibilities I Never Imagined 213

Chapter 15 "Three Inches to the Left" 227

Chapter 16 A Bond That Can Never Be Broken 241

Chapter 17 How Close to Home 257

Acknowledgments 267

Appendix 273

Customer Reviews

The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CaDreamin 5 months ago
The Miracle story is the greatest hockey story ever told for sure, perhaps even the most significant sports story in American history. The Making of a Miracle goes behind the scenes and tells of the chance events that led to the moment of the winning goal. The author brings to life Eruzione's family, the camaraderie among the team members and the cunning of the coach. Classic moments like the night before the game against the Russian team hanging out at the campground drinking Miller Lite. I cried and laughed. You will too. Great read for sports fans or those who love a story of truth, chance, inspiration, grit and team work.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Making of a Miracle is a heart-warming story of just how far blue-collar grit, determination and a little bit of luck can take you. In addition to the thrilling insider account of the greatest sports upset in American history, the story of Mike Eruzione’s unusual upbringing in a loving extended family evokes laughs as well as tears. A great read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
As much as I was looking forward to this book, I was saddened to see Mr Eruzione and some members of the team politicize the monumental 40th year anniversary. I am returning this book. Everything that team stood for, in unity and sacrifice and grit, was decimated in a few opportunistic minutes in Las Vegas. Regardless of affiliation, we do need unification the same way we did in 1980. Unfortunately the choices made 40 years later did not help. Disappointing.
TaylorPlayer 22 days ago
First of all, if you love hockey or if you are old enough to remeber the 1980 Olympics, you will love this book. It's a well written auto biography of this small town ahtlete who his hard work and lucky breaks makes it to the US hockey team. The heart of the book, the time when the team comes together till the final gold medal game, is hard to put down. You can still feel the intensity and the joy of when they defeated the Soviets! Eruzione describes the team, the coach , the personalities, even his home life growing up with much insight. HE repeats himself a few times on some subjects but overall a great read for those who will want to experience this magical time and those who want to know what it was all about.