1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Where Are They Now?
"Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!" may be the most resounding statement ever said by a broadcaster in sports history.
It was Febuary 22, 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, the site of that year's Olympic games. The United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team was set to play the highly favored Soviet Union. The Soviet Union and United States were still heavy rivals due to the Cold War.
What many do not know is that the two teams faced each other less than a month before in an exhibition, with the Soviet Union defeating the United States 10-3. The United States team was essentially a team of players that nobody knew.
The U.S. had started the Olympics well by tying Sweden 2-2 and defeating Czechoslovakia, Norway, Romania, and West Germany. The United States then had to face the team that had defeated them less than a month before, the highly favored Soviet Union.
The United States went on to do the impossible and defeat the Soviet Union 4-3. The team than went on to win the 1980 Men's Hockey Olympic Games Gold Medal by defeating Finland.
This article is dedicated to the key members of that astounding team and to show you what happened to all of these players after that game.
Jim Craig was the goalie for the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Team. Craig stopped 36 of the 39 shots taken on him during the astounding win over the Soviet Union.
After the Olympics, Craig would go on to play in the NHL for the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and the Minnesota North Stars, as well goal for the United States team in the 1981 Canada Cup. Craig would retire from professional hockey in 1984.
Craig now owns a marketing firm called Gold Medal Strategies, as well as frequently doing motivational speaking.
Craig was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
Morrow was a defenseman on the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team.
After the Olympics, Morrow would go on to play in the NHL for the New York Islanders. Morrow played for the Islanders for his entire NHL career going from 1980 until 1989. Morrow won four Stanley Cups as a member of the Islanders.
Currently, Morrow serves as the director of pro scouting for the Islanders; he has held this position since 1993.
In 1995, Morrow was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ramsey was a defenseman for the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team.
After the Olympics, Ramsey would go on to play in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings. Ramsey retired from professional hockey in 1987.
Ramsey currently is the assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild, which is a position he has held since 2000 after working at the same position as a member for the Buffalo Sabers the four previous seasons.
Ramsey was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
Johnson was a center for the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team. Johnson scored two of the United States four goals in the game against the Soviet Union.
After the Olympics, Johnson went on to play in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, and New Jersey Devils. Johnson retired from professional hockey in 1990.
Currently, Johnson is serving as the head coach of this year's United States Women's Hockey Team; he has been the coach since the reorganization in 2006.
Johnson was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
Schneider played left wing for the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team. He scored one of the team's four goals in the astounding upset over the Soviet Union.
After the Olympics, Schneider would play for the United States Men's Hockey Team in the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship. Schneider retired from professional hockey the year after.
Currently, Schneider serves as a coordinator for the Turkey Men's National Ice Hockey Team.
Schneider was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Eruzione played right wing for the 1980 United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team, as well as serving as the captain of the team. Eruzione scored the game-deciding goal for the United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team to defeat the heavily favored Soviet Union.
After the Olympics, Eruzione retired from professional hockey, despite the fact that the New York Rangers wanted to sign him.
Eruzione then went on to become a broadcaster for the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, as well as working for the USA Network. As well as that, Eruzione was also a broadcaster for five Olympics.
Currently, Eruzione owns the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, as well as being the Director of Special Outreach for Boston University.