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Coyotes honor 1980 US Olympic hockey team

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 9:48 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Neal Broten, Mike Eruzione and Buzz Schneider sat at a table telling stories, reliving their magical Olympic run, making everyone, including themselves, laugh.

The members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team haven't gotten together much since pulling off one of the greatest upsets in sports history, so it's always a blast whenever they do.

"This is kind of fun," Eruzione said at Jobing.com Arena. "It's great for us to get together because we have a bond and a friendship and a love that we'll always have for each other. It's just hard to get 20 guys together, but when we do, it's fun. We're like little kids, we're very immature."

The Phoenix Coyotes honored the Miracle on Ice team before their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, capping two days of celebrations designed as a send-off to the Sochi Olympics.

Ten members of the team were introduced on the ice before the game, with a chant of "USA! USA! " breaking out after Eruzione, who had the winning goal against the Soviet Union, was introduced. Olympians from the Coyotes and Blackhawks also were introduced individually.

The entire 1980 team has been together just twice since winning the gold at the 1980 Olympics: The 2002 NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles and a year later when their coach, Herb Brooks, died.

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