|(above) DU Alum Dan Brooks' Miracle on Ice hockey ticket stub|
Thirty-three years ago today [Feb. 22, 1980] the USA played the Russians in Lake Placid, NY. at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. The "Miracle on Ice" hockey game between the United States, made up of amateur and collegiate players, defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union 4-3.
8.500 people packed the Lake Placid Field House that afternoon. There was controversy even before the puck drop. The Soviets refused to move the starting time from 4 PM to 8 PM for television and the game was not televised live by ABC.
University of Denver Alum Craig Patrick was the assistant coach on the team, but a teenager in the arena would also go on to play hockey at the University of Denver.
Dan Brooks the son of head coach Herb Brooks, was in the stands that afternoon and posted the photo above on Facebook today. Dan played four years at DU on the blueline in the late Eighties [107 games, 5 goals, 12 assists].