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1980 Mike Eruzione Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey Team Pants....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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Used in every game, including "Miracle on Ice" and Gold Medal finale!
1980 Mike Eruzione Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey Team Pants. As the contents of this auction would indicate, the members of the American hockey team that shocked the world at Lake Placid were issued two jerseys for their eight games contested en route to the Gold. The white version is famous for its participation in The Miracle on Ice; the blue for the victory in the Gold Medal game. Check the footage, however, and you'll see that red pants, spangled with blue stars at the sides, are consistent throughout. Here we present Captain Eruzione's personal pair, a witness to every thrilling step of the journey.

The pants exhibit, by far, the most game wear of any of the uniform pieces presented within this auction, and there's good reason for that. The multitude of stick marks and board burns that coat the exterior, and the yellowing of the internal padding resultant of salty sweat deposits, are attributable to dozens of practice contests leading up to the Games, as well as the full Lake Placid tournament. Again and again in photographs from the months prior to the Olympics we see this same style, and Eruzione himself confirms the protracted tour of duty.

A hand-markered number "21" on the rear pad, blurred by sweat, attributes the pants to Eruzione at interior, and a second handwritten number "40" is likely either some form of inventory code or sizing notation. The "CCM" manufacturer is identified by a ring of metal buttons that attach the lower pads to the upper pads, and a couple of these buttons have been lost in battle. The original lacing at the crotch remains. Again, we must stress that the quantity of wear is a dream for knowledgeable collectors of game used gear, an enduring tribute to the long and difficult climb to the mountain top. Letter of provenance from Mike Eruzione. LOA from Heritage Auctions.





THE MIKE ERUZIONE 'MIRACLE ON ICE' COLLECTION.


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