🇺🇸 John Kirrane: 1928-2016

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John “Jack” Kirrane, the gritty defender who led Team USA to a stunning Olympic Gold upset at the 1960 Olympics that was dubbed “The Forgotten Miracle,” passed away on 26 Sep. in his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, at the age of 88.
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🇺🇸 🇷🇺 IHLC Classics: The Forgotten Miracle

From time to time, TheIHLC.com will feature detailed recaps and boxscores of some of the most legendary games in international hockey history, considered to be “IHLC Classics.” Today, in honour of the United States’ 239th birthday, we look back at the first ever American Olympic Gold Medal in ice hockey, the original “Miracle on Ice” against the more powerful Soviet Union.

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🇺🇸 United States 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Saturday, 27 February 1960

There was no colour television coverage, no announcer using a catch-phrase like “miracle on ice,” no celebration of the extraordinary over and above a remarkable gold medal. But make no mistake—when the United States won Olympic gold in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, it was a much greater miracle than the one that occurred in Lake Placid 20 years later. In 1980, it was one game—a 4-3 win over the Soviet Union—that defined the American victory. In 1960, the U.S. had to defeat the top four teams in the world to win gold.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 9-4 Czechoslovakia 🇨🇿 – 28 Feb 1960

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🇺🇸 United States 9-4 Czechoslovakia 🇨🇿
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Sunday, 28 February 1960

BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:08 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Vlach (Tikal, Golonka)
04:19 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Olson (Johnson, Rodenheiser)
05:15 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Paavola, hooking
09:32 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – McVey (R. Cleary)
09:51 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Kasper, holding
11:11 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Tikal, holding
11:20 – 🇨🇿 SH2 GOAL – Bubník (Gut)
13:33 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – R. Christian (W. Christian, Williams)
14:40 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Vaněk (Gut, Černý)
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺 – 27 Feb 1960

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🇺🇸 United States 3-2 Soviet Union 🇷🇺
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Saturday, 27 February 1960

There was no colour television coverage, no announcer using a catch-phrase like “miracle on ice,” no celebration of the extraordinary over and above a remarkable gold medal. But make no mistake – when the United States won Olympic gold in 1960 in Squaw Valley, California, it was a much greater miracle than the one that occurred in Lake Placid 20 years later. In 1980, it was one game – a 4-3 win over the Soviet Union – that defined the American victory. In 1960, the U.S. had to defeat the top four teams in the world to win gold.
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 7-1 United Team Of Germany 🇩🇪 – 25 Feb 1960

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 7-1 United Team Of Germany 🇩🇪
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Thursday, 25 February 1960

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:17 – 🇩🇪 GOAL – Huber
13:35 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Almetov, checking in offensive zone
17:45 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Eggerbauer, tripping
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-5 Czechoslovakia 🇨🇿 – 22 Feb 1960

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-5 Czechoslovakia 🇨🇿
Olympic Medal Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Monday, 22 February 1960

BOXSCORE
1st Period
05:12 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Groshev, interference
06:54 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Golonka, holding
07:33 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Tsitsinov (Bychkov, Sologubov)
09:06 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Baulin, holding
11:54 – 🇨🇿 PEN – Starší, holding
14:17 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Bubník
15:56 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Loktev (Almetov, Aleksandrov)
18:26 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Aleksandrov
19:44 – 🇨🇿 GOAL – Černý
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-4 Finland 🇫🇮 – 20 Feb 1960

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-4 Finland 🇫🇮
Olympic Preliminary Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Saturday, 20 February 1960

BOXSCORE
1st Period
03:58 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Aleksandrov, elbowing
04:28 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Koiso, hooking
04:43 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Grehennikov (Petukhov, Tsitsinov)
08:32 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Luostarinen, holding
09:35 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Groshev (Yakushev, Karpov)
10:34 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Loktev, charging
17:12 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Baulin, high sticking
17:58 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Petukhov, tripping
18:09 – 🇫🇮 PP2 GOAL – Lampainen
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-0 United Team Of Germany 🇩🇪 – 19 Feb 1960

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-0 United Team Of Germany 🇩🇪
Olympic Preliminary Round
Blyth Memorial Ice Arena, Squaw Valley 🇺🇸
Friday, 19 February 1960

BOXSCORE
1st Period
01:32 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Baulin (Aleksandrov)
04:01 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Pryazhnikov (Petukhov)
09:36 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Baulin, hooking
16:11 – 🇩🇪 PEN – Waitl, tripping
18:44 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Aleksandrov
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