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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    Part of me really wishes that we could go back to the Olympics with the Cold War era Soviet Union.

    It made for great theater.

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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    I re-watched the final moments of that game on YouTube a few minutes ago. It brought tears to my eyes (again) and I am not even a hockey fan.
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    I saw an NBC segment about this team on Sunday and they mentioned that this Russian team had beaten three NHL teams in exhibition games just before the Olympics started. If the USSR was an open country then I would say many of their players would have been stars in the NHL.
    Many of the Soviet team did turn out to be stars in the NHL. The best example I can give is Sergei Fedorov who defected in 1989 and eventually led the Detroit Red Wings to several Stanley Cub titles.

    Nobody could get out of the Soviet Union until 1988 then many (nine as I recall) did play in the NHL

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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    Sergei Fedorov was ten 10 years old in 1980, the two guys on that team that were Wings were Slava and Igor.

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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Sergei Fedorov was ten 10 years old in 1980, the two guys on that team that were Wings were Slava and Igor.
    Thanks for the correction

    How many players from that Soviet team played in the NHL?

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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    Unrelated, but 25 years ago today, Bobby Knight threw a chair.
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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    Quote Originally Posted by sonny View Post
    Unrelated, but 25 years ago today, Bobby Knight threw a chair.
    And I saw the Dead that week too in even more unrelated stuff.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/van...urn=oly,223867

    We need to stop the myth-making around the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. It was a good team – there were six players who jumped straight to real roles [in] the NHL right after it was done. 17 players had been drafted either by the NHL or [World Hockey Association] or both. Eleven players had significant NHL careers. Four players – [John] Harrington, [Buzz] Schneider, [captain Mike] Eruzione and [Bob] Suter – had already played professional hockey and had their eligibility re-instated; they were on the roster to provide veteran leadership and we wouldn't have expected them to continue on to NHL careers. These were not the typical US olympians of the era.

    To put it another way: they were no Switzerland. [Goalie] Jonas Hiller and [defenseman] Mark Streit are more skilled than anyone on the American roster was at the time of the 1980 Olympics, but will any other Swiss player crack an NHL roster after the games are over? Severin Blindenbacher is one of their top defensemen, and he was a 9th round pick and minor-league journeyman. And yet, the Swiss still have a 17% chance to beat the US today.

    Or to put it another way:

    USA 1996 > USA 2010 >> USA 1980 > SUI 2010."
    I've lived in the US for a long time. I know some people still see the 1980 Olympics as payback for the Russians being first to put a dog in space. But there's nothing wrong with admitting that the US has a good hockey team as opposed to being lucky, is there? The Canadians, Russians, Czechs and Swedes would never pretend that they were underdogs at these Olympics (the Finns and the Slovaks are underdogs), so why should we pretend that an American team that's competitive with this group is an underdog?
    Here's that 1980 roster just to jog your memory:



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    Pos Name  		Age  	Draft 	NHL'80 	NHL'81 	Tot 
    G   Jim Craig  		21 	4th/9th 4 	23 	30 
    D   Ken Morrow  	22 	3th/8th 39 	98 	677 
    D   Mike Ramsey  	19 	1st 	26 	80 	1185 
    C   Mark Johnson  	22 	4th/3rd 22 	78 	706 
    RW  Mike Eruzione 	25 	ND/2nd    
    LW  Dave Silk  		21 	4th 	2 	59 	262 
    D   Bill Baker  	22 	3rd/5 	11 		149 
    C   Neal Broten  	20 	3rd  	22 	12	34 
    D   Dave Christian  	20 	2nd 	15 	80 	1111 
    RW  Steve Christoff  	21 	2nd 	34 	74 	283 
    RW  John Harrington  	22     
    G   Steve Janaszak  	22  			1  	3 
    LW  Rob McClanahan  	22 	3rd 	23 	58 	258 
    D   Jack O'Callahan  	22 	6th/8th   		421 
    C   Mark Pavelich  	21    				378 
    LW  Buzz Schneider  	25 	6th/3rd   		4 
    RW  Eric Strobel  	21 	8th    
    D   Bob Suter  		22 	7th/7th    
    LW  Phil Verchota  	22 	5th/7th    
    C   Mark Wells  	21 	13th

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    Re: Thirty Years Ago Today 2/22/1980

    I don't think anyone's ever said the 1980 team wasn't talented, it was its youth and for that reason its talent was "unproven".


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