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In this Feb. 22, 1980, file photo, The United States ice hockey team rushes toward goalie Jim Craig after their 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union in the semi-final round of the XIII Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., The American players from left are, Mark Johnson (10); Eric Strobel (19); William Schneider (25); David Christian (23); Mark Wells (15); Steve Cristoff (11); Bob Suter (20), Philip Verchota (27). John O'Callahan is hugged by Michael Ramsey. Although Mark Johnson is sitting on the mother of all hockey motivational stories, he's waiting until just the right moment to break it out for the U.S. women's team. Johnson was the reason for the "Miracle on Ice" 30 years ago, scoring two goals for the U.S. hockey team when they toppled the Soviets. (1980 AP)
In this Feb. 22, 1980, file photo, The United States ice hockey team rushes toward goalie Jim Craig after their 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union in the semi-final round of the XIII Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., The American players from left are, Mark Johnson (10); Eric Strobel (19); William Schneider (25); David Christian (23); Mark Wells (15); Steve Cristoff (11); Bob Suter (20), Philip Verchota (27). John O'Callahan is hugged by Michael Ramsey. Although Mark Johnson is sitting on the mother of all hockey motivational stories, he's waiting until just the right moment to break it out for the U.S. women's team. Johnson was the reason for the "Miracle on Ice" 30 years ago, scoring two goals for the U.S. hockey team when they toppled the Soviets. (1980 AP)

Miracle on Ice medal for sale Add to ...

For an estimated $100,000 (U.S.), you could own a piece of Olympic hockey history. U.S. Olympic hockey history.

Next month, a Dallas auction house will be selling one of the gold medals won by the 1980 U.S. hockey team that fashioned the legendary Miracle on Ice. The medal is said to be the first offered from the team that knocked off Russia's Big Red Machine then defeated Finland to top the podium at Lake Placid, N.Y.

According to Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), the medal belonged to forward Mark Wells, a former Montreal Canadiens draft pick (176th overall in the 1977 draft) who never played a game in the NHL. He bounced around the minors until he retired in 1982. He experienced severe back pains and has been bed-ridden for years with a rare genetic disorder of his spinal cord. He sold the medal to an anonymous collector earlier this year to help offset medical costs.

The collector is now selling the medal along with a letter from Wells in which he wrote: "I hope you cherish this medal as much as I have. I personally can not think of another piece of memorabilia that has had such a profound effect on the sports world than this precious keepsake."

Chris Ivy, the director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, was quoted in a news release stating this is "the first time any of the Olympic gold medals awarded to the 20 players of the 1980 'Miracle on Ice' U.S. hockey team … has ever been offered in a public auction and it should bring in six figures."

The auction is set for Nov. 5.

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