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Phil Verchota of Bemidji says the gold medal he earned with the 1980 Olympic men's hockey team remains special 30 years later. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Another Olympics miracle? Verchota, Baker keeping eyes on U.S. hockey team

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When the United States men's hockey team defeated heavily favored Canada 5-3 in Olympic pool play Sunday night, the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" gold medal team was put back into the spotlight with comparisons from national media and casual observers.


Phil Verchota and Bill Baker were teammates on that 1980 squad, and both agreed the Americans played well.

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