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U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Ice Hockey Team (1980)

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The Resume

    Won the Olympic Gold Medal by beating Finland 4-2 (February 24, 1980)
    Beat the highly favored Soviet team (4-3) (February 22, 1980)
    Team was dubbed 'Miracle on Ice'
    Team comprised of Billy Baker (D), Neal Broten (F), Dave Christian (C), Steve Christoff (), Jim Craig (G), Mike Eruzione (LW-Capt), John Harrington (F), Steve Janaszak (G), Mark Johnson (C), Rob McClanahan (C), Ken Morrow (D), Jack O'Callahan (D), Mark Pavelich (C), Mike Ramsey (D), Buzz Schneider (F), Dave Silk (F), Eric Strobel (F), Bob Suter (D), Phil Verchota (F) and Mark Wells (C)
    Head coach was Herb Brooks
    As a team they lit the torch officially opening the Salt Lake City Olympics (2002)

Why they might be annoying:

    The goalie, Steve Janaszak, did not get to play.
    None of the players, other than Ken Morrow and Neil Broten, had any real success in the NHL.
    Morrow was lucky to play on the New York Islanders for all four of their Stanley Cups (1980-83).
    Broten played the majority of his career with the Stars and eventually won a cup with the NJ Devils (1995).
    Broten accumulated 867 NHL points which is second most by an American.
    The team came from only four states, eleven were from Minnesota, four from Massachusetts, three from Michigan and two from Wisconsin.

Why they might not be annoying:

    The United States was perceived to be the world's power, but it just came off of Watergate, was divided over and lost the Vietnam War, had high inflation, the embassy was being held hostage in Iran and the Soviet Union ignored warnings from the United States not to invade Afghanistan.
    The Soviet Union hockey team was made up of the U.S.S.R.'s best all stars and was undoubtedly the best hockey team in the world (including the NHL).
    The U.S. were all amateurs and mostly college students.
    Experts had little confidence that the U.S. would get into the medal rounds, let alone win the gold.
    In six of the seven games, the opponents scored first.
    The Americans won six of the seven games and tied the other (Sweden tied 2-2).
    The oldest player was Buzz Schneider at 25.
    Sportscaster, Al Michaels, ended the game with these memorable words: 'Eleven seconds, you got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now. Five seconds left in the game, do you believe in miracles? Yes!'

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Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 14 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 95 Votes: 46.32% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 35 Votes: 94.29% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 7 Votes: 28.57% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 34 Votes: 55.88% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 17 Votes: 35.29% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 26 Votes: 30.77% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 15.38% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 23 Votes: 43.48% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 36 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 67 Votes: 40.30% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 117 Votes: 35.04% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 189 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 310 Votes: 46.13% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 493 Votes: 50.30% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 1335 Votes: 56.63% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1236 Votes: 47.57% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 2981 Votes: 53.77% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 7478 Votes: 38.53% Annoying