Pair of Hockey Skates

Description
These skates were worn by Phil Verchota (number 27), a member of the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that astounded the world by capturing the Gold Medal at Lake Placid, New York. While it was the win against the Finns that cinched the Gold, the defeat of the Soviet team in the semifinals — known as the "miracle on ice" — captured the hearts and imaginations of Americans during a time of cold war tensions.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hockey skates
skates, pair of
ice hockey skates, winter olympics
skates, hockey
skates, ice hockey
date made
1980
associated date
1980
user
Verchota, Phil
associated institution
U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
maker
Bauer
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 11 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 29.845 cm
ID Number
1984.0940.04
accession number
1984.0940
catalog number
1984.0940.04
subject
Ice Hockey
Amateur
Sports
Olympics
related event
Olympic Winter Games: Lake Placid, 1980
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"Verchota provided offensive punch from the left wing of the Mark Wells-led fourth line. Verchot logged single points in five of the seven Olympic games, with the most important being a third-period goal against Finland that pulled the U.S. into a 2-2 tie and sterred them toward gold. Verchota took a feed from Dave Christian and slapped a 15-footer past Finnish netminder Jorma Valtonen, a 33-year old veteran who had made several specatcular saves earlier in the game."

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