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A gamer from the heroic goalie, autographed by the full team1980 Jim Craig Olympics Game Used Hockey Stick Signed by "The Miracle on Ice" Team. The image of goalie Jim Craig wrapped in the American flag after the Miracle was completed with a victory over Finland remains one of the most enduring images of the Lake Placid Olympics, a symbol of the enormous pride felt throughout the nation for this young band of underdogs. Today most hockey experts point to Craig's heroic performance against the Soviets, deflecting thirty-six of thirty-nine shots from an attacking unit led by the great Boris Mikhailov, as the linchpin in the American team's realization of their impossible dream.
United Press International reporter Mike Shalin was in Lake Placid covering the Games in 1980 and approached Craig for a souvenir, receiving this remarkable artifact in satisfaction of the request. The "Northland" goalie stick was utilized by Craig during one or more of the eight games contested by the American team at the Field House, though the precise details of which game have been lost to history. A study of game photographs from the tournament find this specimen to be an exact match in every detail, from the factory markings and striping to the unique method of grip tape application at handle and blade. Solid game use is clearly evident, with a constellation of black puck marks speckling the surface, and the occasional lost fiberglass chip from a particularly powerful strike.
But far more than a simple game used artifact, this important relic serves secondary duty as documentation of the full team roster, bearing period felt tip autographs from all of your favorites: head coach Herb Brooks, Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, coach Mark Johnson, Rob McClanahan, Bill Baker, Steve Christoff, Phil Verchota, Dave Silk, Mark Wells, Buzz Schneider, Mark Pavelich, Eric Strobel, Jack O'Callahan, John Harrington, Ken Morrow, Steve Janaszak, Dave Christian, Bob Suter, Neal Broten and more. Signature quality averages 8/10.
Ironclad documentation comes in the form of a signed letter from Craig himself, attesting to the gift at the Lake Placid Games. Letter of provenance from Jim Craig. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autographs on stick and Craig letter). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autographs on stick and Craig letter)
1980 Jim Craig Olympics Game Used Hockey Stick Signed by "The Miracle on Ice" Team.
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