Jim Craig, the goalie during America’s dramatic and internationally watched win against the Russians, then later, Finland, during the 1980 Olympic hockey games in Lake Placid – an event that was chronicled in Disney’s blockbuster “Miracle” movie – is selling his memorabilia from that day, including the now-iconic U.S. flag he draped about his shoulders as he skated at match end around the rink, searching the stands for his father.
“I’m selling my ‘Miracle on Ice’ collection to ensure a healthy financial future for my children and grandchildren,” Craig said, in a news release from the Lelands auction house. “I also plan to donate proceeds from the auction to charities and causes that are near and dear to my heart.”
Craig’s also auctioning his gold medal from that win, along with his skates, goalie equipment and sticks. The asking price for the collection is $5.7 million.
The 1980 U.S. gold medal win was improbable by any count. It pitted a team of mostly college hockey players from rival schools – Minnesota and Boston, for instance – against the world’s fiercest group of players, the Russians, who were largely considered coddled, well-trained professionals with 14 world championships to their name.
Craig, who now works as a motivational speaker, has a 26-year-old son and 24-year-old daughter.
“Over the years, I’ve loaned my Olympic memorabilia to museums and other venues so it could be accessible to fans to enjoy,” he said. “It is my hope that whoever purchases this will do the same.”
Mike Eruzione, who scored the winning goal for the United States against the Soviet Union, sold some of his Olympic items a couple years ago in order to provide for his family as well. His auction event netted about $1.5 million, Fox News reported.