The U.S. Wins the First World Cup of Hockey in Montreal

Everyone knows about the American’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over Russia in the 1980 Olympics, but it was a miracle because the U.S. was not an international power in the support. It would take another 16 years before American hockey was ready to regularly compete with the world’s best, and their coming-out party was magical: rallying from 2-1 down in the third period of a decisive game three, scoring four goals in the final 3:18.

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ESPN.com, 9.13.16