SPORTS & RECREATION

The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Harper. Jan. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780062960955. $27.99. SPORTS
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American hockey fans love the story of the “Miracle on Ice” from the 1980 Olympics, where the U.S. team beat the perennial champions from the then Soviet Union and went on to win gold. Unlike the NHL star-studded Olympic teams of the past 20 years, the 1980 team (like the team from the most recent Winter games), comprised of college players and those from the amateur leagues. This work by former NHL star Eruzione and journalist Boudette tells of that season. As team captain and the player who scored the game-winning goal, Eruzione was a vital part of the “Miracle on Ice,” which, in turn, shaped his future. In addition to his miracle story, the book chronicles Eruzione’s blue-collar upbringing in the Boston area, his last-minute recruitment to play for Boston University, his brief minor league career, and his post-Olympic life. Eruzione wraps up by reflecting on the enduring and wide-reaching effect of that game.
VERDICT Eruzione adds an honest insider’s view of the Miracle, which will appeal to hockey fans and admirers of sports autobiographies.

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