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US Hockey Legend Speaks at Lasell

December 11, 2013

Mike Eruzione, one of the heroes of the 1980 United States Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Team, spoke to students at Lasell recently about the importance of teamwork and seizing opportunities when they present themselves.

Eruzione, who scored the goal to win the gold medal against a heavily favored Russian team, spoke about the importance of work ethic and teamwork to achieve a goal. The talk took place in Lasell's Stoller Room on December 11.

"Nobody thought our team was going to win; they called our win a miracle. They said we had no talent, ability or experience to beat Russia," said Eruzione.

Eruzione recounted his path to the Olympics and how a decision to play in a summer hockey league game led to the opportunity to play on the Olympic team. That summer hockey game led to his recruitment to play hockey for Boston University and to his selection as a member of the U.S. Hockey Team.

"If I never took that opportunity to play that one summer league game I would never had played in the Olympics," he said.

The Winthrop, Mass. native told the students he was "amazed" by the support from his community and family when the team returned home and that the Olympic win helped strengthen American resolve during a time of tension between the two nations.

Currently, Eruzione works at Boston University as Director of Special Outreach and is a part owner of the USHL Omaha Lancers franchise located in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

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