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Buzz Schneider
United States

At the age of 25, Buzz Schneider was the old man of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team that won gold at the Lake Placid Olympic games.

While most of the team was made up of college kids, Schneider left college a year shy of graduation in 1975 in order to play for the United States national team. He scored 39 goals and 70 points in 64 games and earned a spot on the 1976 Olympic team in Innsbruck. He would use the Innsbruck games as a valuable learning tool for the 1980 games, as he was the only American to have previous Olympic experience.

Schneider played on the memorable "Conehead Line" (named after Saturday Night Live TV characters) with Mark Pavelich and John Harrington. Schneider contributed a team high (tied with Rob McClanahan) five goals and eight points though he is barely remembered by most. Assistant coach Craig Patrick, who later went on to become a Hall of Fame NHL executive, called him the team's unsung hero.

Schneider also participated in five world championships - 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1982. He only briefly played minor pro, with a 4 game stint in the WHA as his highest professional ranking.

Further Research:
Eruzione's late goal lifts US over USSR
- NHL.com
College kids perform Olympic miracle - ESPN Classic
US shocks Soviets in ice hockey 4-3 - Washington Post
Remembering the Miracle
- CNNSI
Tretiak will never forget Lake Placid
- IIHF website
Miracle on Ice team reunites
- Pittsburgh LIVE
Where Are They Now?
- Unknown

1960 Olympic gold medal
The First Miracle On Ice - ESPN Classic
Real miracle was in 1960 - Daily Press
The Cold Wars - Squaw Valley 1960 - CNNSI

 

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