Mike Eruzione's Miracle on Ice jersey sells for $657,250

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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The jersey and stick used by Mike Eruzione in the United States' win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics have been sold at an auction.

The jersey went for $657,250 according to Heritage Auctions, while the stick Eruzione used to score the game-winning goal went for $262,900.

Back in December the pre-sale estimate on the jersey was more than $1 million, so the $657,250 price tag isn't a huge shock. The stick, however, had a pre-sale estimate of just $100,000.

Friday marked the 33rd anniversay of the Miracle on Ice game where a group of college players from the United States upset the heavily favored Soviet Union team, 4-3. That Soviet team, which had defeated several NHL teams and the NHL All-Stars, is still considered to be one of the greatest hockey teams ever assembled. A week before the Olympics started, that same U.S. team was crushed by the Soviets in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden.

Eruzione scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period when he beat goalie Vladimir Myshkin, who replaced Vladislav Tretiak, arguably the best goalie in the world at the time.

The United States went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland.

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