Description1980 Tim Harrer "The Miracle on Ice" Game Issued USA Olympic Hockey Jersey. A team revolt assured this instantly recognizable jersey would remain "game issued" rather than "game worn," as team captain Mike Eruzione convinced coach Herb Brooks to cut the newcomer Harrer from the roster. After several months of an intensive training and exhibition schedule, the members of the American team considered themselves a cohesive unit--a family even--and all were shocked and disappointed when Brooks introduced four-year University of Minnesota starter just a couple of weeks before the Games. "The thing we questioned was, 'Why now?'" explained Eruzione to team biographer Tim Wendel. The controversy was addressed in the popular 2004 film "Miracle."
Brooks relented and removed Harrer from the squad, but not before the disappointed twenty-two year old right winger was issued the jerseys he would have worn at Lake Placid. This example, the style the United States would wear to victory over the Soviets in the fabled "Miracle on Ice," bears the manufacturer's label of "Norcon," a sporting goods company headquartered in Forest Lake, Minnesota, about thirty miles from the University of Minnesota where Herb Brooks coached Harrer with the Golden Gophers. The size "XL" garment is crafted primarily from white mesh with blue shoulders and red and blue striping at elbows and waist. Blue and red tackle twill form the bold "USA" lettering in six-inch block on the chest, and the number "18" that appears at each shoulder and reverse. White stars adorn each shoulder. A white tackle twill "Harrer" stands in three-inch block on the distinctive blue tackle twill nameplate across the back.
Jersey exhibits minor, inconsequential staining on one sleeve and no game wear. It is consigned to auction by Harrer himself, with his letter of provenance. Letter of provenance from Tim Harrer.
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2018 November 15-16 Fall Sports Card Catalog Auction