Photo: USA Warriors Hockey“Miracle on Ice” is perhaps the most famous moment in the history of United States hockey, when the USA Men’s Olympic Hockey Team upset the powerhouse Soviet Union en route to a Gold Medal win in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Next February will mark 40 years since the historic victory, and USA Warriors hockey, whose team consists of injured or wounded veterans, recently hosted a special event to celebrate. The Warriors hosted a private screening of “Miracle”, a movie released in 2004 that is based on the 1980 team, on September 19 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington D.C., with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting disabled veterans and the Warriors’ athletic programs. The event was attended by “Miracle” actor Patrick O’Brien Demsey, who portrayed USA captain Mike Eruzione in the 2004 film, and Washington Capitals’ television play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, and color analyst Craig Laughlin.
After the screening of “Miracle” Beninati and Laughlin hosted a Question & Answer with Demsey, in which attendees were able to ask questions about Demsey’s portrayal of Eruzione and the making of the film. Afterwards, Demsey took pictures with Beninati and Laughlin. February 22, 2020 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, which was named the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century in 1999 by Sports Illustrated.
By Michael Fleetwood