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Mike Eruzione selling Miracle on Ice jersey, stick

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Start saving your pennies, hockey fans, because here is your chance to own several pieces of hockey history.

Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling his game-used jersey and the stick he used to score the winning goal in their upset of the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympics.

He is also selling the jersey that was worn during the next game, in which the United States, led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated Finland to clinch the gold medal.

According to Sports Collectors Daily, the pre-sale estimate on the Miracle on Ice jersey is more than $1 million, while the stick has an estimate of $100,000. The gold-medal jersey (which is blue) has an estimate of $200,000. The auction will be held Feb. 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The United States team was made up of amateur college players and were heavy underdogs against the Soviet Union team that had dismantled every team that managed to get in its way, including a series of dominant victories against the NHL All-Stars and several NHL teams. The U.S. team defeated the USSR 4-3 in their opening game in the medal round, thanks to Eruzione's goal that beat goaltender Vladimir Myshkin midway through the third period.

Myshkin was in the game after starter Vladislav Tretiak, regarded as the best goalie in the world at the time -- and one of the best ever -- was benched after giving up a game-tying goal to Mark Johnson at the end of the first period.

Photo via Sports Collectors Daily.

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