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Miracle on Ice named top hockey story of the century by IIHF

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QUEBEC - The top hockey story of the past 100 years belongs to the Americans.

The 1980 Miracle on Ice victory at the Olympics was named the best hockey moment of the century at the International Ice Hockey Federation's Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

Paul Henderson's winning goal for Canada at the 1972 Summit Series was chosen as the second best story.

The IIHF compiled a list of the top 100 stories in celebration of its 100th birthday and unveiled the final 10 here at the world championship. Hockey writers from around the world were polled.

The 1980 U.S. Olympic team was comprised of collegiate and amateur players and knocked off the Soviet Union to win gold on home soil in Lake Placid, N.Y.

It has been the subject of two films and numerous books.

The Summit Series took the next two spots on the list. Henderson's goal was second while the Russians upset win in the opener of that event in Montreal was third.

The world championship win by the Soviets in 1954 was fourth and Czechoslovakia's gold in 1972 was fifth.

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