Herb Brooks Olympic auction

See Herb Brooks’ Miracle on Ice mementos up for auction

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On the night the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team reunites at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., to celebrate the 35-year anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, some of the coach Brooks’ mementos from the Lake Placid Olympics will be auctioned.

Heritage Auctions’ website lists about 40 lots of items. Brooks died in 2003.

“Between me and my sister and my mom, having to store this stuff and track it down and babysit it was kind of a pain, quite frankly,” said Brooks’ son Dan, according to The Associated Press, which reported the money will go to Brooks’ grandchildren and the Herb Brooks Foundation. “We decided this might be a good time to see if anyone has an interest in the stuff to just simplify our lives.”

NBC’s Hockey Day in America’s studio will be live on site in Lake Placid on Sunday. Coverage begins Sunday at noon ET on NBC and online. More details are available here.

Here are images of some of the items, via Heritage Auctions and The Associated Press:

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A letter Brooks wrote to the U.S. Olympic Committee declaring his coaching candidacy.

 

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Brooks’ planner, including the day of the 4-3 win over the Soviet Union.
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Miracle on Ice team captain Mike Eruzione’s player questionnaire.
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Various Olympic pins.
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Brooks’ 1980 Olympics participation medal.
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Autographed Yankee Stadium Opening Day ceremonial first pitch baseball.

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Memos regarding the “Miracle” movie script.
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Brooks’ game-worn 1968 Olympic hockey jersey.
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Brooks’ 1980 Olympic ring.

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A page from the daily planner of Brooks reads, “Game vs Fin 4-2!! Gold, as it sits next to Brooks’ stop watch.

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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