Mike Eruzione was captain of the gold medal winning US Hockey team at the Olympics in 1980, and scored teh winning goal against the Soviet Union.
Inductee into the Olympic Hall of Fame, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, and Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame
Eruzione scored three goals and had five assists during the 1980 Olympics, including the winning goal in the shocking 4-3 victory against the Soviet Union. The team defeated Finland in the following game to win the gold medal, a victory that helped lift the spirit of the entire country and was termed the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet victory was named the "Greatest Sports Moment of the Century" By Sports Illustrated.
Eruzione took advantage of his Olympic fame to jumpstart a sports broadcasting career. He initially spent several years broadcasting the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils games. He has also served as a broadcaster at the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games. He returns to Olympic coverage in Salt Lake as a NBC commentator.
After graduating from Boston University, Eruzione joined the U.S. National Team and then played for two years with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the International Hockey League, maintaining his amateur status. While with the Goaldiggers, he won the McKenzie Award, which honored the most outstanding American-born hockey player in the IHL.
At Boston University, Eruzione captained the hockey team his senior year and finished as one of the leading scorers in BU history, earning him induction into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated with a degree in education.
Eruzione still travels throughout the country as a motivational speaker and sport promoter for major corporations and organizations. He also remains actively involved in fund raising events for the U.S. Olympic Committee as well as many charities and youth programs. In his spare time, Eruzione can be found on a golf course, where he has made three hole-in-ones over his lifetime. As a low-handicapper, he is a member of the Celebrity Golf Tour, for which he plays in numerous charity tournaments a year.
Family and roots are more important to Eruzione than Olympic gold. To prove that, he resides with his three children and wife, Donna, in the Massachusetts town he grew up as a local sport hero. He now works at his alma mater, Boston University, as the Director for Development of Athletics, and works with his old hockey team as much as often. "My greatest miracles are my three children," Eruzione said. "They're my pride and joy. That's what life's about, settling down and doing the things you want to do."