Thursday, January 29, 2015

‘Miracle on Ice’ Anniversary Event Planned

Sports_Illustrated_Miracle_on_Ice_coverThe gold medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, who achieved what Sports Illustrated proclaimed, “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century” with their “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union, will participate in a special event using video, audio and photos to relive the game, through their perspective, in Lake Placid. Todd Walsh, who has worked with FOX Sports Arizona since 2001 and works with the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks, will narrate.

The1980 Rink- Herb Brooks Arena will open its doors to fans on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm for an exclusive event with the players.  This February marks the 35th anniversary of their historic achievement.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their authentic 1980 Winter Olympic memorabilia. General admission tickets for the event will be $19.80 and available at and the Olympic Center box office in Lake Placid.

“That game, at that place, in that time, is arguably the greatest sporting moment in American history, and we have a once-in-a-lifetime event planned,” Jeff Holbrook of Potentia Athletic Partners, who has worked with Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and team members to orchestrate the events told the press.  “Fans of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ will want to be in Lake Placid that weekend.”

The evening will also include a tribute to teammate, Bob Suter, who passed away in September while doing what he loved, coaching kids.  The tribute will include a permanent #20 jersey raised to the rafters of the 1980 Rink, the Herb Brooks Arena.

The event is part of the 8th annual Hockey Weekend Across America, a three-day nationwide celebration of the sport that begins on Friday, February 20th. As part of the final day of HWAA on Sunday, NBC presents its Hockey Day in America broadcast coverage, featuring an NHL tripleheader, with a live studio show throughout the day and night from Lake Placid.

Illustration: The March 3, 1980 cover of Sports Illustrated, which ran without any caption or headline.

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