The Boys of Winter - Book on 1980 Team USA

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  1. David Puddy

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    Sportswriter Wayne Coffey has come out with a book on the team behind "the Miracle on Ice" entitled The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. It is from publisher Crown and lists for $23.95 (Canada: $33.95.)

    Coffey does an interesting thing in telling the story of the 1980 hockey gold. As he recounts the events that unfolded in Lake Placid, New York, Coffey goes into biographical information on the individual players, coaches and others that formed the team. There is great information on how they developed their passion for hockey and what they are doing now. Coffey does a superb job of showing what drove these men to their historical victory.

    The book is available on all the major online bookstores, as well as the good old brick and mortar types.
     
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    I didnt know that there was a book, thanks for the info I will pay the local Borders a visit soon.
     
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    Live Interview With Wayne Coffey

    As everyone already knows, I co-host a totally commercial-free, no one makes a dime from it, Sports Talk radio show Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9PM to 11PM on Nassau County’s public station 90.3 FM.

    Tonight at 9:30, Wayne Coffey, Daily News columnist and author of the new bestseller The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, will be our guest.

    Has anyone read the book yet? Does anyone have any questions or comments to pass on about the book?

    If you’re in the listening area, please tune in. And, if you know someone in the listening area who might be interested, please let them know, too.

    Thanks!

    Show Info: 2 hours of commercial-free Sports Talk every Tuesday and Thursday from 9PM to 11PM on Garden City’s 90.3FM. While we are not yet webcast, we can be heard—depending on neighboring frequencies and atmospheric conditions--in most of the Tri-State area.
     
  4. David Puddy

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    I'll see if I can pick-up the station.

    I really like the biographical information on the individual players, as well as the way in which Coffey presents it. I find it fascinating to learn of their early hockey years in youth programs. It is also nice to find out what all the players have done since the 1980 Olympics or their NHL careers came to an end.

    I wish that the book had an index, so I can go back and easily find a quotes or other information from specific people. I also would have liked to have seen an appendix with the results from the games of the pre-Olympic tour. Coffey mentions a 9-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues and a 1-0 loss to the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings.
     
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    The 1980 U.S. hockey team played a total of 61 pre-Olympic games, beginning in Europe on Sept. 3, 1979 and ending Feb. 9, 1980 at MSG in New York. The U.S. team played their home pre-Olympic games at the Met Center in Bloomington, MN. The team finished with a record of 42 wins, 16 losses and 3 ties. Here is a list of the results:

    #1...Road (W) USA 8:1 Holland National team...Sept. 3, 1979
    #2...Road (W) USA 11:4 Holland National team..Sept. 5, 1979
    #3...Road (L) Reipas (Finland) 2:1 USA
    #4...Road (W) USA 4:1 Saipa (Finland)
    #5...Road (W) USA 6:0 Sapko (Finland)
    #6...Road (W) USA 5:4 Karpat (Finland)
    #7...Road (W) USA 5:3 Lukko (Finland)
    #8...Road (L) Jokerit (Finland) 4:1 USA...Sept. 14, 1979
    #9...Road (T) USA 3:3 Norway National team...Sept. 17, 1979
    #10..Road (W) USA 9:0 Norway National team...Sept. 18, 1979
    #11..Home (L) Minnesota North Stars 4:2 USA...Sept. 29, 1979
    #12..Road (L) St. Louis Blues 9:1 USA
    #13..Road (L) Atlanta Flames 6:1 USA
    #14..Road (L) Washington Capitals 5:4 USA
    #15..Road (W) USA 4:2 Maine Mariners
    #16..Road (W) USA 7:2 Canada National team
    #17..Home (W) USA 6:0 Canada National team
    #18..Road (W) USA 7:5 Salt Lake City
    #19..Road (W) USA 10:1 Colorado College
    #20..Home (W) USA 4:0 Univ. Minn-Duluth (played in Eveleth, MN)
    #21..Home (W) USA 8:2 Univ. of Minnesota
    #22..Road (W) USA 1:0 Indianapolis
    #23..Road (W) USA 15:0 Flint Generals
    #24..Home (W) USA 5:2 Birmingham
    #25..Road (L) Houston 4:3 USA
    #26..Road (W) USA 6:4 Birmingham
    #27..Road (W) USA 5:0 Harvard
    #28..Road (W) USA 9:3 RPI
    #29..Road (W) USA 3:2 Cincinnati
    #30..Home (W) USA 6:4 Salt Lake City
    #31..Road (L) Canada National team 7:6 USA
    #32..Road (L) Canada National team 6:2 USA
    #33..Road (L) Canada National team 4:3 USA
    #34..Home (L) Canada National team 2:1 USA
    #35..Home (W) USA 6:1 Cincinnati
    #36..Road (W) USA 6:1 Univ. of North Dakota
    #37..Home (W) USA 5:3 Oklahoma City
    #38..Road (W) USA 6:1 Yale
    #39..Road (L) Adirondack 1:0 USA
    #40..Road (W) USA 4:2 Sweden (pre-Olympic "B team" tourny in Lake Placid)
    #41..Road (W) USA 3:1 Canada (pre-Olympic "B team" tourny in Lake Placid)
    #42..Road (W) USA 3:0 Czechoslovakia (pre-Olympic "B team" tourny-Lake Placid)
    #43..Road (L) USA 5:3 Soviet Union (pre-Olympic "B team tourny-Lake Placid)
    #44..Road (W) USA 4:2 Gorki Torpedo
    #45..Road (W) USA 5:1 Gorki Torpedo
    #46..Home (W) USA 10:3 Gorki Torpedo
    #47..Road (T) USA 2:2 Indianapolis
    #48..Road (L) Gorki Torpedo 3:2 USA
    #49..Road (W) USA 4:3 Oklahoma City
    #50..Road (W) USA 5:2 Tulsa
    #51..Road (W) USA 5:3 Houston
    #52..Road (W) USA 7:4 Tulsa
    #53..Home (W) USA 6:2 Univ. of Wisconsin
    #54..Road (L) Fort Worth 4:3 USA
    #55..Road (L) USA 4:3 Dallas
    #56..Home (T) USA 4:4 IHL ALL-STARS
    #57..Road (W) USA 4:2 Univ. of Wisconsin
    #58..Road (L) Fort Worth 5:3 USA
    #59..Home (W) USA 10:6 Dallas
    #60..Road (W) USA 10:0 Warroad Lakers
    #61..Home (L) Soviet Union 10:3 USA (at Madison Square Garden, NY)
     
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    1979-80 U.S. Olympic Team (Pre-Olympic & Olympic Games Statistics)

    # Player Name GP G A Pts PIM
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    #10 Mark Johnson.................................. 60 38 54 92 31
    # 7 Rob McClanahan................................ 63 34 36 70 38
    #11 Steve Christoff............................... 64 37 27 64 30
    # 9 Neal Broten................................... 62 27 31 58 32
    #16 Mark Pavelich................................. 60 16 36 52 14
    # 8 Dave Silk..................................... 56 12 36 48 32
    #21 Mike Eruzione................................. 50 21 25 46 22
    #27 Phil Verchota................................. 61 19 24 43 56
    #25 William "Buzz" Schneider...................... 62 27 15 42 48
    #19 Eric Strobel.................................. 56 15 26 41 24
    #23 Dave Christian................................ 66 10 28 38 30
    #28 John Harrington............................... 58 14 23 37 16
    #17 Jack O'Callahan............................... 55 7 30 37 85
    # 5 Mike Ramsey................................... 63 11 24 35 63
    # 6 Bill Baker.................................... 60 5 25 30 74
    #14 Ralph Cox..................................... 31 13 13 26 27
    # 3 Ken Morrow.................................... 63 5 20 25 12
    #20 Bob Suter..................................... 38 7 11 18 67
    #12 Jack Hughes................................... 49 3 15 18 62
    #15 Mark Wells.................................... 29 9 7 16 2
    # 2 Les Auge...................................... 29 0 14 14 14
    # 4 Gary Ross..................................... 12 1 6 7 4
    #22 Dave Delich................................... 13 4 2 6 4
    #18 Tim Harrer.................................... 4 1 3 4 0
    #30 Jim Craig (G)................................. 48 0 3 3 28
    # 1 Steve Janaszak (G)............................ 17 0 1 1 0
    #31 Bruce Horsch (G).............................. 9 0 0 0 0
    Bench penalty minutes............................ 8
    Totals 68 336 535 871 823

    Goaltenders Statistics (Pre-Olympic games)

    Jim Craig...........41 gp...2371 mins...95 ga...30-8-1....2.40 gaa
    Steve Janaszak..17 gp....894 mins....47 ga....9-5-1....3.15 gaa
    Bruce Horsch.......9 gp....410 mins....25 ga....3-3-1....3.66 gaa

    (Olympic Games)

    Jim Craig.............7 gp....420 mins....15 ga....6-0-1....2.14 gaa...183 svs..924 sv%

    (Pre-Olympic and Olympic Games combined totals)

    Jim Craig...........48 gp...2791 mins...110 ga..36-8-2....2.36 gaa
     
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    In regards to the 1980 USA team Pre-Olympic results: the US squad was winless in 4 games against NHL teams in September exhibition games, being outscored by a margin of 24-8. Of interest, the '80 US team won only 3 of 7 games against Canada, despite outscoring the Canadian Nat's 28-22.

    The U.S. Olympic team also played a series of home and home games with each team in the Central Hockey League (Salt Lake City Golden Eagles, Indianapolis Checkers, Fort Worth Texans, Birmingham Bulls, Tulsa Ice Oilers, Houston Apollos, Oklahoma City Stars, Dallas Blackhawks and Cincinnati Stingers). In the 18 games vs. CHL teams, the U.S. Olympians went 14 wins,1 tie, 3 losses, outscoring their opponents 85-57.

    And in December, 1979 at Lake Placid, the U.S. team won the Pre-Olympic tournament going undefeated in 4 games and outscoring their opposition 15 to 6.
    USA 4:2 Sweden "B" team (Goals: Broten, Strobel, Harrington, Eruzione)
    USA 3:1 Canada (Goals: McClanahan, Strobel, Verchota)
    USA 3:0 Czechoslovakia "B" team (Goals: Cox, Ramsey, McClanahan)
    USA 5:3 Soviet Union "B" team (Goals: Johnson (3), Cox, Strobel)
     
  8. David Puddy

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    That is great! Thank you svetovy poharu for posting the results.

    patchyfogg, I couldn't get the station in last night. How did the interview go?
     
  9. Matt Foley*

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    I always kind of wondered how the US team did the game after they tied Norway 3-3, the infamous "late skate" game. They beat Norway the next day, 9-0. Not surprising, but interesting, I guess.
     
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    Just to follow up I bought and read it in less then a day it was a great read that you didnt want to put down.
     
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