Of Miracles On and Off the Ice

The year was 1980.  The Olympics were weeks away, but everyone knew.  The US hockey team wasn’t that good.  Coach Herb Brooks had chosen to go an unorthodox route to build his team, and it wasn’t paying off.  Instead of loading up on the best college players in the land, he chose, instead, to fill his roster with those who he thought would make the most cohesive team, even if that meant choosing lesser-skilled players.  It sounded wise; but when that team played the Soviets in a pre-Olympic exhibition game, they were crushed 10-3.  And that is when everyone knew: the Olympics had not even started yet, but the US team was done.  But then something strange happened when the games began. Far from being eliminated in the first round, the US team showed amazing resilience and came out of the first round winning four games and tying one (and