QUEBEC CITY - The International Ice Hockey Federation announced tonight (May 17) that the top international hockey story of the century (1908-2008) is the 1980 "Miracle on Ice", in which the USA shocked the Soviet Union 4-3 at the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.
At the IIHF's Centennial Gala Evening at the Quebec City Convention Centre, representatives from the 1980 team made an appearance to climax the Final Top 10 Countdown of the 100 top international hockey stories of the century.
The victory by the Herb Brooks-coached squad of college kids over perhaps the most powerful USSR national team ever assembled has reached mythic proportions. It led to the first American Olympic gold medal since 1960, and inspired a generation of American youngsters to take up the game of hockey.
As part of the IIHF's 100th-anniversary celebrations, www.IIHF.com has been featuring the 100 top international hockey stories from 1908-2008 on a three-per-week basis. Stories have been chosen based on their having a considerable influence on international hockey, either immediate or long-lasting, and pertaining to the highest level of play (Olympics, Worlds, etc.).
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