On February 21st, 2015, a group of men will gather in Lake Placid, New York, to celebrate something so incredible, so improbable, so unlikely, that were it not for the TV broadcast, millions around the world might assume it had never happened at all. 35 years ago, on February 22nd, 1980, the United States Men's Olympic Hockey Team stepped onto the ice at the Olympic Center to play the vaunted Soviet Union. They stepped off the ice as giant-slayers.
For the first time, all living members of the 1980 team will be gathering together to remember their 4-3 victory over the USSR in Lake Placid. Serving as master of ceremonies for this incredible event will be Fox Sports Arizona's own Todd Walsh. We were privileged enough to speak with Todd about his memories of the tournament. Here's what he had to say.
FFH: The game has seen dramatic changes in the 35 years since the Miracle On Ice. For those that may not have been old enough to remember, what did hockey look like in 1980?
Game 1 vs. Sweden: Game tying goal? Assist Mark Pavelich.
Game 2 vs. Czechs: Go ahead goal in 1st? Go ahead goal assist in second? Mark Pavelich.
Game 3 vs. Norway: Insurance goal assist in second? Mark Pavelich.
Game 4 vs. Romania: Opening goal assist in first? Mark Pavelich.
Game 6 vs. Soviet Union: Assist game tying goal in first, assist game winning goal in the 3rd? Mark Pavelich.