30 years later, Miracle on Ice coach talks about the game's legacy
Craig Patrick, the assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 1980, has gone on the record with his thoughts and memories of the Miracle on Ice, which happened 30 years ago today. (Head coach Herb Brooks died in 2003.)
Patrick, a University of Denver alumnus, spoke with DU Today about the epic hockey victory. Click here to read the full article. Here are some highlights:
DID HE REALIZE AT THE TIME HOW BIG THE VICTORY WAS: "We had no idea what it meant. We were trying to win a hockey tournament. We were trying to win a medal — maybe we had an inkling."
HAS THE MEANING CHANGED OVER THE YEARS: "I think the people that witnessed it have passed it on to their children. ... I still get requests every day to sign autographs in the mail. And I was just an assistant coach."
DID HE GET A MEDAL TOO: "Coaches in Olympic sports don’t get medals, but Herb and I did. We got the same medal players did. I don’t know how it happened, but I’ll guess the United States Olympic Committee or USA Hockey or somebody stood up and said, ‘Give those guys a medal.’ "