If I had the money, I’d be all over this jersey as a keepsake of one of the great moments in Olympic history. Mike Eruzione’s goal in the video above versus the USSR still gives me chills 30+ years later.
Mike Eruzione’s sensational winning goal against the Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics will forever be remembered as the “Miracle On Ice” — perhaps the greatest sporting moment of the 20th century.
More than a generation later, the 58-year-old Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick and other Olympic paraphernalia. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling the items in New York on Feb. 23, the day after the 33rd anniversary of the historic game.
The white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million, but sports memorabilia experts think it could go considerably higher.
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Unlike Olympians of today, Eruzione, who was captain of his team in Lake Placid, N.Y., received no lucrative endorsements. But he said he’s not hurting financially and is selling the prized items to help out his three adult children and grandson.
“I thought this would be a great little nest egg for them for their future with their kids,” he said in a telephone interview, adding the memorabilia had languished in his USA hockey bag in the attic of his Winthrop, Mass., home, ever since that memorable day.
Eruzione said the auction proceeds from his collection will also benefit his Winthrop Foundation founded in his hometown, just outside Boston.
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Exit question: Would Eruzione have scored on the same shot against Vladislav Tretiak?
- Eruzione putting 1980 Miracle on Ice jersey, stick up for auction (cbssports.com)
- Eruzione will sell ‘Miracle On Ice’ jersey, stick (espn.go.com)
- Eruzione’s ‘Miracle on Ice’ jersey going to auction (wmur.com)