Mike Eruzione’s wife Donna Eruzione married him two years after his team’s iconic 1980 “miracle on ice.” The gold medal story was made into a movie titled “Miracle” in 2014. Just as in the movie, Eruzione was captain of the team and scored the winning goal for his team. That means his gear from the game is worth a pretty penny. Realizing this after witnessing several Olympic athletes auction their stuff off for a gaggle of money, he told his wife it might be a good idea to lug it out of the basement.
As you might imagine, Mike Eruzione’s wife Donna Eruzione wasn’t opposed to the idea. He auctioned a bunch of stuff, and his jersey from the Soviet game alone went for a grand total of $657,250 after a mammoth buyer’s premium of over a hundred grand. That means after bidding $550,000 to win it, the buyer had to shell out the additional 107,000 bucks to get it. For a jersey! Granted, it was pretty clean. I guess Mike and Donna weren’t playing too many pickup games in it afterward. Mike actually couldn’t find his helmet and skates from the Soviet game. He mentioned that it was driving him nuts.
Their children, Paul, Leigh Ann, and Mike Jr., are very Massachusetts. I can tell after a quick scan of their photos that they’re all your typical rabid Boston sports fans. When you wear team gear in multiple photos and all the gear is different, you know you’ve found a sports fan. Mike Eruzione’s wife Donna Eruzione attended Winthrop High School the same as her husband. Their children did the same. These are Winthrop natives through and through! There’s actually not a whole lot of differences to be found between the movie version and the real-life version of the 1980 miracle win, from what I can tell. Obviously you’ve got to account for Hollywood pumping up the drama in sports movies.