Eruzione: Belief led to gold medal for 'Miracle on Ice' team

Eruzione: Belief led to gold medal for 'Miracle on Ice' team
February 9, 2014, 4:15 pm
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It's been 34 years since the United States men's hockey team captured the gold medal in 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The team, dubbed Miracle on Ice, was honored before the Blackhawks-Coyotes game in Glendale on Friday night.

The captain of the 1980 team, Mike Eruzione, caught up with CSN Blackhawks television analyst Ed Olczyk to discuss what it meant to be honored by the Coyotes and help send the 2014 Olympians off to Sochi.

"It was really kind of cool," Eruzione said. "Nobody has ever really done anything like this for our team, nor do we ever expect anything, but the Coyotes thought it was a great opportunity to send off the players and you look at all the players that are playing [in the Olympics] to be able to send them off to Sochi."

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As Patrick Kane and the U.S. prepare for their first game in Sochi against Slovakia on Thursday, Feb. 13, Eruzione shared a little bit of wisdom on what helped the "Miracle on Ice" team capture the gold medal.

"I think it was a trust that we had for each other," he said. "A respect that we had for each other. We realized that in order for us to be successful, and in order for any team to be successful you have to buy into it. You've got to believe in yourselves and you have to believe in each other. And our hockey team had that, plus we were a really good hockey team. We had some really good hockey players, but we understood that in order for us to be successful we had to do it together and we did."

You can watch the full exclusive one-on-one video above.