Mike Eruzione

Mike Eruzione

Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the US Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. His decisive winning goal that the Soviet team & stunned the world. That victory against the Soviets advanced the US Hockey Team to the Gold Medal Game where they beat Finland. Dubbed the “Miracle on Ice,” the team’s inspiring story was adapted by Walt Disney studios into a feature length film, titled “Miracle,” which was released in February 2004. The film starred Kurt Russell as legendary Olympic head coach Herb Brooks, and Patrick O’Brien Demsey as Mike Eruzione.

After the victory in Lake Placid, Eruzione spent several years in New York and New Jersey as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden, and in 1984 he joined ABC as a broadcaster for the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In 1992 and 1994 he did broadcasting for CBS during Olympic Games. For the past several years Eruzione has traveled the country representing major corporations and as a motivational speaker. He is also actively involved in fund raising events for the Olympic Committee as well as several charitable and youth organizations.

 

 

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Full Biography

Full Biography

Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the US Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. It was his decisive winning goal that beat the Soviet team and stunned the world. That victory against the Soviets advanced the US Hockey Team to the Gold Medal Game where they beat Finland.

Dubbed the “Miracle on Ice,” Walt Disney studios has adapted the story of that Olympic triumph over the Soviets into a feature length film, titled Miracle, which was released in February 2004. The film stars Kurt Russell as legendary Olympic head coach Herb Brooks, and Patrick O’Brien Demsey as Mike Eruzione.

The 1980 Olympic Team received many accolades after winning the goal medal, including being inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. On December 2, 1999 the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team was given the ultimate compliment when Sports Illustrated voted their moment the #1 sports moment of the century. On February 8, 2002, Eruzione and his teammates had the honor of lighting the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A native of Massachusetts, Eruzione was a well-known sports talent, who excelled in all-scholastic baseball, football and hockey. While attending Boston University, Eruzione captained the hockey team his senior year and finished his college career as the third leading scorer in BU history. The years he played at BU, his team won four Eastern Collegiate Championships. Eruzione was regarded as the Best Defensive Forward in the Hockey East Conference and eventually was inducted into the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eruzione played on two US National Teams and played two years with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League. The IHL rewarded him with the McKenzie Award, which is annually presented to the most outstanding American born player in the IHL. The following year Eruzione was chosen to join the 1980 Olympic Team. He was honored by being elected captain by his Olympic teammates.

After the victory in Lake Placid, Eruzione spent several years in New York and New Jersey as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden. In 1984 Eruzione joined ABC and did broadcasting for the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In 1992 he did broadcasting for CBS in Albertville, France, Lillehammer, and in Norway during the 1994 Olympic Games. From 2003-2006 Eruzione was a commentator for CSTV which is based in New York City.

Eruzione now travels the country representing major corporations as their spokesperson and/or motivational speaker. He is also actvely involved in fund raising events for the Olympic Committee as well as several charitable and youth organizations. In December of 2001, he appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, where he won over $100,000 for local charities.