TOM CARACCIOLI AND JERRY CARACCIOLI

Deserving Hall of Famers?

January 21, 2010

Tags: U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, 1972, Olympic Hockey, Sapporo, Herb Brooks, Miracle on Ice

There is a mounting campaign to create awareness about the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team and its contribution, as a team, to the development of the sport in the United States.

The contention spelled out in the book makes a case that without the silver medal-winning effort in Sapporo in 1972, the 1980 Miracle on Ice probably never occurs.

Herb Brooks admitted as much to Coach Murray Williamson in a note following the '80 Games.

Dear Murray,

Your influence as a teammate and coach helped produce this victory.

Herb Brooks


Therefore, the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team - The Forgotten Team - should rightfully be included in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame for their contribution to the betterment of the sport in the United States and a win that eventually led to a miracle.

54 Years and Counting...

January 19, 2010

Tags: Olympic Hockey, 1972, Silver Medal

In 1956, the United States Olympic Hockey Team captured the silver medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy at the VII Olympic Winter Games.

A little known fact in U.S. Olympic Hockey history (Men's competition) is that since then only one team has captured an Olympic medal in ice hockey on foreign soil since - the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team in Sapporo, Japan. Another fact worth noting, since '56 only four U.S. teams have managed to stand on the medal podium:

1960 - Gold, Squaw Valley, USA
1972 - Silver, Sapparo, Japan
1980 - Gold, Lake Placid, USA
2002 - Silver, Salt Lake City, USA

Can Team USA break the cycle in Vancouver?

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