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Eruzione to sell 'Miracle on Ice' jersey at auction

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U.S. Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione will auction the white No. 21 jersey, hockey stick and other paraphernalia from the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union in 1980.

The jersey could bring $1 million or more, according to experts, when it and other items are sold by Heritage Auctions in New York on Feb. 23.

Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Soviets in Lake Placid, N.Y, for the Americans, who went on to defeat Finland in the gold-medal game 33 years ago.

Included in the auction will be U.S. teammate Steve Christoff's gold medal, estimated to be worth $400,000; Eruzione's hockey stick, expected to to go for $50,000; the blue jersey Eruzione wore in the gold-medal game, which could fetch $200,000; and the glove and warm-up suit he wore on the podium during the awards ceremony, both of which could bring $10,000.

The motivation behind the auction of the historical sports treasures is to help Eruzione's three children and their families and also his Winthrop (Mass.) Foundation. Eruzione, 58, said it's not because he needs the money.

Eruzione works as the director of special outreach at Boston University and a partner in a nutritional supplements business with former Olympian Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.

"I thought this would be a great little nest egg for them for their future with their kids," he said

The auction record for hockey memorabilia is $1.2 million for a jersey worn by Paul Henderson in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviets.

Eruzione is holding on to his gold medal, though.

"As long as I'm alive, the gold medal won't be sold," he said.

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