June 20, 2021

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Forty years later, the Boston boys from the Miracle on Ice reflect on how life would have changed without a gold medal

Gold medal or no gold medal, Mike Eruzione always planned on settling down in Winthrop. And why not? It’s a neat, neighborhoody little town, sitting out there in its own little oceanfront world across the harbor from Logan Airport, a place where it’s not uncommon for three generations of one family to be living on the same block.

“The only difference,” Eruzione likes to say, “is that I live in a bigger house than if we didn’t win the gold medal.”

But they did. Oh, they surely did. Eruzione famously captained the United States men’s hockey team that defeated Finland for the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid  — this after the American college boys had pulled off an upset for the ages with their 4-3 victory over the powerful Soviet Union, thus adding “Miracle on Ice” to our sports and pop culture lexicon.

To borrow a phrase that would be deployed eight years later by the campaign of presidential contender Michael…