30 Years After The Best Game Ever

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Everyone born after 1980 missed out. Or if you were too young to remember or didn’t manage to watch for some reason, you missed out. I was eight but I remember that run like it was yesterday. I wanted to play on the Olympic Hockey team one day but then my family moved to Florida before they had ice rinks and that was that.*

If you want to rehash it, track down the HBO documentary not the Disney movie. Or here’s some grainy footage on YouTube.

*(Lack of talent maybe, too.)

8 thoughts on “30 Years After The Best Game Ever”

  1. I was a product of the 80s so I was one of those unfortunate ones that missed this game. I have watched the movie but I am sure it wasn’t as cool as the real deal. I wanted to play on an olympic hockey team too pete.

  2. I’ve yet to come across a game that even comes close to the magnitude of that victory. Likely in this modern age, we will never see a clash of the titans like that ever again.

    Huzzah to the legend, the late Herb Brooks, Minnesota boys Broten, Ramsey, Baker, Christoff, Christian, Janaszak, Harrington, McClanahan, Strobel, Pavelich, Verchota, and of course Buzzy Schneider, and to all the other Americans on that team.

  3. @Chris, I have to get that book.

    @Joey, by the time you were old enough it was probably all pros by then.

    @JP, my favorite player was Mark Johnson, but he was from Wisconsin. Ken Morrow was pretty bad ass, too.

  4. I remember those games clearly. I was 17 years old at the time and just about to graduate high school. Although I didn’t play much ice hockey, my friends and I did have a great street hockey team in our town, so we were really into watching the USA team play their hearts out. Cheering the USA team on was a great thing to be a part of! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  5. Here’s the thing, and this is coming from a lifelong Rangers fan: the 1980 US hockey team did something that that will always rank in the pantheon of all time awesomeness. But what Ken Morrow did that year is beyond imagination. After winning the gold, he made a real contribution to winning the Cup. Yeah, he was pretty bad ass.

    1. What many people overlook, and what I believe was part of the catalyst for Herbie and the Minnesota boys bringing some raw energy into the 1980 Olympic program was the stellar 1979 NCAA playoff run that Minnesota had. http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_79.htm

      Anyone that caught Neal Broten’s amazing game winning goal against North Dakota to win the NCAA championship, knew those boys had the stuff to for something big in 1980.

      Just saying…

  6. Thanks! What a great memory. I was 19 years old at the time. I could barely ice skate but I knew that these were REAL MEN and I wanted to be just like them!

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