USA Warriors Hockey Hosts Screening of “Miracle”, Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin Moderate Q&A With “Miracle” Actor Patrick O’Brien Demsey

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“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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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