Today is the 30th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” and it’s a great time for parents are reliving and sharing that momentous moment in sports history with their own children. When the United States hockey team, led by Herb Brooks, defeated the powerhouse Soviet team 4-3, the country experienced a spike in patriotism and pride rarely seen in this country.
Many parents were kids themselves when this remarkable game was played thirty years ago today, and many want to relive it with their own kids. There are a number of ways to do this, whether by taking the kids to a local hockey game, involving them in a youth hockey league, or watching a movie about “The Miracle on Ice”.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of “The Miracle on Ice” here are a few suggestions in Atlanta:
- The Atlanta Thrashers – This is Atlanta’s pro NHL team that plays home games in Phillips Arena. The Thrashers played their first game on October 2, 1999, and qualified once in 2006-2007 for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Their next game is Tuesday, March 2nd against the Panthers. Click on the Thrashers website for the remaining schedule of the 2009-2010 season.
- Gwinnett Gladiators – The Gwinnett Gladiators is a minor league ice hockey team that plays its home games in the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth. The team was originally the Mobile Mysticks, but moved to Gwinnett in 2003. The Gladiators play in the Southern Division of the American Conference and have been one of the top teams in the ECHL ever since. The Gladiators made an appearance in the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals, losing to the Alaska Aces in five games. The next home game is Monday, March 8th against Cincinnati. To view the remaining 2009-2010 schedule, go to the Gladiators official website.
- Ice Forum operates Georgia’s finest ice skating facilities with locations in Duluth and Kennesaw. The ice surfaces are regulation NHL size. Ice Forum is home to the Atlanta Junior Thrashers and Thunder AAA youth travel hockey teams. The Ice Forum Youth Hockey Association is the largest house league and recreational and developmental hockey program in the state of Georgia. In addition, the Ice Forum is the official practice facility of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers and the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators.
- The Atlanta Amateur Hockey League (AAHL) is the oldest, largest and premiere adult recreational ice hockey league in Atlanta. The league is compromised of five sub-leagues each with several divisions of teams based on each players level of skill. It’s a good outlet for parents who love to play hockey.
Movies about “The Miracle on Ice”:
- Miracle (2004) – Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. The movie stars Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks. The 2004 Disney film won and ESPY award for Best Sports Movie and was nominated for a Critics Choice Award. Parents can rent “Miracle” at Blockbuster, or purchase it on Amazon.
- Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team (2001) – This hour-long documentary tells the story about one of the greatest upsets in sports history. It’s a solid blend of sports and history that focuses on the human element in one of the greatest victories of all time. Available on Amazon.
- Miracle on Ice (1981) – This film tells the story of the U.S. hockey team that made sports history by taking the gold medal in hockey away from the favored Soviet team in 1980. It is available on Amazon.
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