Mike Eruzione Speaker Profile
Mike Eruzione Biography
Mike Eruzione was born October 25, 1954 and is an Americanformer ice hockey player who was the captain of the 1980 Winter Olympics UnitedStates national team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous Miracle onIce game.
Eruzione was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He learned hockey playing forYouth Hockey of Winthrop as part of the GBYHL (Greater Boston Youth HockeyLeague). He graduated from Winthrop Senior High School in 1972, where he wascaptain of the varsity hockey team during his senior year. He then spent a yearat Berwick Academy to fine tune his hockey skills in a New England Prepenvironment. After attending Berwick, Eruzione starred for Boston University,averaging over twenty goals a season for four years. Eruzione also played forTeam USA at the 1975 and 1976 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. Hethen moved on to the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League,winning the rookie of the year award in 1978 and leading the team to the TurnerCup championship in that year. After his second year in Toledo, Eruzione, whoplayed forward, was named the captain of the 1980 Olympic hockey team, scoringthe winning goal against the Soviets and helping the Americans win the goldmedal against Finland. Eruzione's winning goal against the Soviet Union hasbecome one of the most played highlights in American sports, and was voted thegreatest highlight of all time by ESPN viewers in March 2008.
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