On this day 31 years ago some plucky youngsters from the United States defeated the Soviet Union, probably the best international hockey team of all time. It’s probably a bit cheesy how much I love the Miracle on Ice and everything it stood for not just in a hockey sense but in the sense that it made Americans feel better about America.
And it wasn’t without its college hockey angle of course, as all of the players on the team were current or recently graduated collegians. The breakdown of the schools is:
University of Minnesota: 9
Boston U: 4
Bowling Green: 2
North Dakota: 1
And it wouldn’t be a tribute to the Miracle on Ice without watching Al Michaels’s famous call: