|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
180 lb (82 kg)
|Born||October 25, 1954,|
Winthrop, MA, US
|WHA Draft||28th overall, 1974|
New England Whalers
|Pro Career||1977 – 1980|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Gold||1980 Lake Placid||Team|
Michael "Ritz" Eruzione (born October 25, 1954) is an American former ice hockey player who was the captain of the 1980 Winter Olympics United States national team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous Miracle on Ice game.
Mike was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He learned hockey playing for Youth Hockey of Winthrop as part of the GBYHL Greater Boston Youth Hockey League. He graduated from Winthrop Senior High School in 1972, where he was captain of the varsity hockey team during his senior year. He then spent a year at Berwick Academy to fine tune his hockey skills in a New England Prep environment. After attending Berwick, Eruzione starred for Boston University, averaging over twenty goals a season for four years. Eruzione also played for Team USA at the 1975 and 1976 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. He then moved on to the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League, winning the rookie of the year award in 1978 and leading the team to the Turner Cup championship in that year. After his second year in Toledo, Eruzione, who played forward, was named the captain of the 1980 Olympic hockey team, scoring the winning goal against the Soviets and helping the Americans win the gold medal against Finland. Eruzione's winning goal has become one of the most played highlights in American sports, and was voted the greatest highlight of all time by ESPN viewers in March 2008.
Post playing career
Eruzione retired from competition after the Olympics, despite contract offers from the New York Rangers, stating that he'd reached the pinnacle of achievement already. Eruzione then became a television broadcaster, grabbing the microphone at Rangers and New Jersey Devils games and for the NHL on USA Network, and going on to comment at five Olympic Games, working for both ABC and CBS.
- Mike Eruzione's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mike Eruzione's U.S. Olympic Team bio
- USA Today Q&A
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