NEW YORK/TORONTO -- Two days after pulling off the greatest upset in hockey history, the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team had to pull it together one more time to win gold and turn a moment into a movement. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET, on the 29th anniversary of the gold-medal-clinching victory at Lake Placid, New York, the NHL Network's "A Day That Changed the Game" series focuses upon the young Americans' astounding march to Olympic glory and the myriad ways it impacted hockey in the United States.
Interviews with U.S. team captain Mike Eruzione, goaltender Jim Craig, assistant coach Craig Patrick and Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak take viewers back to Lake Placid and inside those memorable two weeks that were highlighted by the epic victory over the mighty Soviets on Feb. 22, 1980, and the win over Finland two days later that ensured gold.
NHL stars Mike Modano and Bill Guerin and Olympic gold-medalist Cammi Granato offer their personal reflections of how the '80 triumph inspired them to pursue their careers in the game. Commentary by Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean puts the achievement into perspective by detailing how it profoundly changed the game in the United States, raising awareness unlike anything that had happened before and catalyzing an explosion of rink-building and player participation.
In its "A Day That Changed the Game" series, the NHL Network delves into the games, moves and memorable moments that have had major impact upon the game of hockey.