Relive the Miracle

This week, we talk:  
Mark Johnson  Eric Strobel Jack O’Callahan    Rob McClanahan
Mark Johnson 1980
Mark Johnson 1980
Special thanks to 1980 Miracle Hockey Team for use of photos.

Mark Johnson (UW) – Teams’ leading scorer in Lake Placid with 11 points (5G/6A). Schnieder & McClanahan also had five goals. Scored 200+ goals in 11 seasons in the NHL (Pittsburgh/Minnesota/Hartford/St. Louis/NJ). Son of hockey HOF Bob Johnson. Won a national championship at Wisconsin. Currently coaching women’s team at Wisconsin. First player at Wisconsin to have number retired. 

Mark Johnson #10
Eric Strobel 1980
Eric Strobel 1980

Eric Strobel (Minn) – Injuries cut short a potential pro career…became a sales executive. Won national championship with Minnesota.

Jack O'Callahan 1980
Jack O’Callahan 1980

Jack O’Callahan – Hurt v USSR at MSG. Missed first two games v Sweden/CZE. Seven seasons in the NHL (5 CHI/2 NJ). Started financial company with Jack Hughes one of the last cuts. “Again” scene a bit of poetic license. Says “I play for US of A never actually happened. (Boston University)

Rob McClanahan 1980
Rob McClanahan 1980

Rob McClanahan (Minn) – Played four years in the NHL (Buffalo/Hartford/NYR). Won national championship with Minnesota. Tied for the team lead in goals (5).  Named head coach at Blake HS this season.

This week, we talk:  
Neal Broten Phil Verchota Mark Wells John Harrington
Neal Broten 1980
Neal Broten 1980

Neal Broten (MN) – Was the first ever Hobey Baker Award winner. Only player to ever win a Hobey Baker/Gold Medal/National Championship/Stanley Cup. 17 years in the NHL, 289 goals with Minn-Dal/NJ/LA. Retired

Phil Verchota 1980
Phil Verchota 1980

Phil Verchota (MN) – Won national championship at Minnesota. Played on both ’80 & ’84 teams (captain in 84). Currently bank president in MN. Voted in top 50 @ UM

Mark Wells 1980
Mark Wells 1980

Mark Wells (BG) – Diagnosed with a rare spinal disease…short  post hockey career…recovered enough from disease to play occasional reunion game.

John Harrington.1980
John Harrington 1980

John Harrington (UMD) – Never played in the NHL. Played on both 1980 & 84 US Olympic teams. Assisted on Eruzione’s game winning goal. Been a long-time college coach…assistant at Denver/St. Cloud. Trying to build women’s program at Minnesota State.

This week, we talk:  
Dave Silk Dave Christian Ken Morrow Steve Christoff
Dave Silk 1980
Dave Silk 1980

Dave Silk (BU) – Played 13 years in the NHL (Boston/Winnipeg/Detroit/NYR). Won national championship with BU. Grandfather played major league baseball and was a member of the 1916 champion Red Sox…cousin is Mike Milbury. Investment banker

Dave Christian 1980
Dave Christian 1980

Dave Christian – (North Dakota) Played over 1000 games in the NHL (Jets/Capitals/Bruins/Blues/Black Hawks) 340 G/433A). Father Bill & Uncle Roger won gold at Squaw Valley, California 1960 Olympics. Uncle Gordon won silver at 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy (Soviets won Gold). Uncle of NYI Brock Nelson

Dave Christian
Ken Morrow 1980
Ken Morrow 1980

Ken Morrow (BG) – First player to win Gold/Stanley Cup in same year. Ten years with the Islanders. Was key player on four straight cup winning teams. 

Ken Morrow
Steve Christoff 1980
Steve Christoff 1980

Steve Christoff (MN) – Played five years in the NHL (Minn/Cal/LA). National Championship at Minnesota. Became a pilot after hockey.

Steve Christoff
This week, we talk:  
Jim Craig Steve Janazek Bill Baker Mark Pavelich
Jim Craig 1980
Jim Craig 1980

Jim Craig – (BU) Played 28 games in the NHL with Atlanta/Boston/Minnesota. Career in the NHL cut short by a lot of injuries. Was the backbone of the gold medal run. Won national championship at BU. Runs marketing company.

Jim Craig
Steve Janaszak 1980
Steve Janaszak 1980

Steve Janazek – (Minn) Only member of the team not to play at all in the tournament. Knew ahead of time. Won a national championship at Minnesota. Played a couple of games in the NHL. Met wife in Olympic village. 

Steve Janaszak
Bill Baker 1980
Bill Baker 1980

Bill Baker (Minn) – Scored what might have been the second most important goal in the tournament for the US…game tying extra attacker goal v Sweden. Played four seasons in the NHL (Montreal/Colorado/St. Louis/New York). Oral surgeon

Bill Baker
Mark Pavelich 1980
Mark Pavelich 1980

Mark Pavelich (UMD) – One of two UMD players on the team.  Played seven years in the NHL (NYR/MN/SJ). Was part of the start of the movement to quicker players in the NHL…especially when Herb Brooks coached NYR. Was probably the “quirkiest” player on the team…

Mark Pavelich
Mark Pavelich