Mike Eruzione, whose goal late in the final period pushed the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to the ‘Miracle on Ice’ victory over the powerhouse Soviet Union Red Army team, is selling the stick that scored it and the jersey he was wearing that night.
Heritage Auctions will feature those items, along with Eruzione’s jersey from the gold medal game against Finland, in a high-end sports memorabilia sale early next year. The story was first reported by Sports Collectors Daily, which says the company believes Eruzione’s jersey from the 3-2 win over the USSR in Lake Placid could bring more than $1 million.
Eruzione’s jersey from the gold medal game carries a $200,000 estimate, according to a promotional mailer distributed by Heritage. The pre-sale estimate on the stick is $100,000.
Eruzione gave the team of U.S. amateurs a 4-3 lead with 10 minutes left in the period and the U.S. defense, led by goalie Jim Craig, preserved the historic win that touched off a wild celebration. Although most in the U.S. watched the game on tape delay, the goal is considered by many to be the greatest moment in American sports.
The “Eruzione Collection” will be sold as part of an auction Heritage will host at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on Manhattan's Upper East side on February 23, live and online. Each item in the auction, which also includes what could be the best 1927 New York Yankees signed baseball known to exist, will start at $10,000 or more.
Eruzione, 58, currently works at his alma mater, Boston University, and also gives motivational speeches.