Mike Eruzione

Mike Eruzione served as the enthusiastic captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory. He scored the winning goal against the Russians in the second-to-last game—the goal and game that stunned the world.


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Mike Eruzione served as the enthusiastic captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory. He scored the winning goal against the Russians in the second-to-last game—the goal and game that stunned the world.

A native of Massachusetts, Eruzione was well-known as a local sports talent, playing on all-scholastic teams in baseball, football and hockey. At Boston University, he captained the hockey team his senior year and finished as the second-leading scorer in B.U. history. During the four years that Mike Eruzione played at B.U., his team won Eastern Collegiate Championships. He was cited as best defensive forward in the East all four years and later was inducted into the B.U. Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the United States National Team in 1976. After graduation, he played for two years with the Toledo Gold Diggers of the International Hockey League, maintaining his amateur status. There, he was voted the McKenzie Award Winner. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding American-born hockey player in the League.

The following season, Mike Eruzione was chosen to join the U.S. Olympic Team as the left wing. He was elected captain by his teammates.

For several years after the 1980 Olympics, he spent time in New York and New Jersey as a commentator for the Madison Square Garden Communications Network. He provided coverage of the New York Rangers' and New Jersey Devils' games and also did special interviews with players and coaches.

He was presented the Shaeffer Pen Award by the New England Hockey Writers in 1981 for his outstanding contribution to hockey.

In preparation for the 1984 Olympics, Mike Eruzione worked in conjunction with Anheuser-Busch, raising funds for the Olympic Games through the Olympic Art Work Project. In 1984 and 1988, he broadcast both the Winter and the Summer Olympic Games from Sarajevo, Los Angeles, and Calgary for ABC Sports.

Presently, he divides his time between charity work, public speaking engagements, and serving as director of Development for Boston University Athletics, a post to which he was named in September 1995. Prior to that, he worked as B.U.'s director of Special Programs for Alumni Relations and Development for two years. He also serves as an aide to Jack Parker, head coach of B.U.'s hockey team.

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