While the members of the 1972 United States Olympic hockey team were preparing to go onto the ice for the medal ceremony, they saw the red light of the cameras and realized that finally the folks back home would see what they had accomplished—even if it was only the medal ceremony.

“As the officials were rolling out the red carpet and preparing the podiums for the captains, the red light turned off; and they pulled the plugs out and started putting the cameras away,” recalled defenseman Dick McGlynn. He and his teammates had just completed what had to be considered one of the greatest upsets in U.S. Olympic hockey history, and no one back home was going to see their crowning moment.

For many, the history of United States Olympic hockey begins and ends in 1980.

In 1972, the Vietnam War and the turmoil of social change preoccupied the country’s collective conscience while the feats of a young U.S. team—who also were representing their country in Asia at the XIth Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan—went overshadowed and unrecognized.

Thirty-eight years later, the accomplishments of the United States Olympic hockey team during the 1972 Olympic Winter Games has seemingly become one of hockey’s most well-kept secrets. Perhaps it was due to the low expectations of others, the remoteness of playing in Japan, the lack of media coverage, or being sandwiched between the Cold War heroics of a gold medal in 1960 and the miraculous victory in 1980—or maybe it was just the times. Like the lost generation of fighting men in Vietnam, forgetting this other band of brothers became easier than remembering them.

STRIKING SILVER is the story of America’s forgotten team and its members, which included players who were plucked from the jungles of Vietnam, schoolboy heroes, and college All-Americans: Ahearn, Bader, Boucha, Brown, Christiansen, Curran, Ftorek, Howe, Irving, McElmury, McGlynn, McIntosh, Mellor, Naslund, Olds, Regan, Sanders, Sarner, Sheehy and Sears—the silver medal-winning 1972 United States Olympic hockey team.

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Striking Silver was one of the most overlooked books in 2006-07. It is truly worth a read. It's not totally about hockey, but about working hard and having dreams come true.”
– Joe Pelletier,
“...It's nice to know their accomplishment in Sapporo will be forever remembered.”
– Mike Eruzione, Captain, 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
“No longer untold, Striking Silver shines with both heart and soul. It's the story we've been waiting for.”
– Lesley Visser, CBS Sportscaster
Striking Silver offers a fascinating portrait of one of the great, untold success stories in American hockey...”
– E.M. Swift, Sports Illustrated

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