February 22 marks the 40th anniversary of the United States Men’s’ Olympic Ice Hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980s Olympics. Known as the Miracle on Ice, the US’s win over the heavily favored Soviet shocked the world. The US team would go on to win the gold medal.  

Massachusetts-native Mike Eruzione was captain of the 1980 Olympic team. Eruzione recently attended a Springfield Thunderbirds game and spoke with Carolee McGrath about the Miracle on Ice—and what the win meant to both him and America.