Other International Stars
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.