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Another Miracle on Ice player’s Olympic gold medal being auctioned

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Steve Christoff‘s Olympic gold medal is going up for auction again.

The Miracle on Ice forward’s medal and his final jersey are part of Goldin Auctions’ 2020 Winter Auction from next Monday to Feb. 22 at GoldinAuctions.com. The auction ends on the 40th anniversary of the U.S.’ 4-3 win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid.

The medal and jersey were consigned by somebody other than Christoff, according to Goldin. Christoff’s gold medal was previously put up for auction in 2013 and 2017, but did not sell either time, according to those websites.

Christoff starred in the last game of the 1980 Olympics, a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Finland to clinch the gold. He scored the first U.S. goal and assisted on the last one.

He was also the U.S.’ leading scorer in its pre-Olympic slate of 56 games, tallying 35 goals, according to Wayne Coffey‘s book “The Boys of Winter.”

Christoff, a standout for Herb Brooks‘ 1979 NCAA title team at Minnesota, would become the model for the trophy for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top male college hockey player. Christoff played parts of five NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings in the 1980s before becoming a pilot.

At least two of Christoff’s 1980 Olympic teammates previously sold their gold medals.

Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014. Mark Wells‘ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.

Captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.

Goalie Jim Craig and Dave Christian put their medals up for auction, but they reportedly did not meet minimum reserve prices and were not sold.

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Vladimir Petrov, Soviet Olympic hockey star, dies at 69

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Vladimir Petrov, a star forward on the Soviet Union’s champion hockey teams of the 1970s, died Tuesday at age 69, according to the Russian Hockey Federation.

Petrov had been battling cancer, according to Russian media.

Petrov earned Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1976, plus silver in 1980 as part of the Soviet team that lost to the U.S. in the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Petrov “was perhaps the strongest player on the Soviet national team, with blacksmith arms and a bulging neck, a 200-pound slab of muscle who was possessed of the rarest Russian weapons: a nasty slap shot,” wrote Wayne Coffey in “Boys of Winter,” a book on the Miracle on Ice.

Petrov was best known centering the Soviets’ top line with Boris Mikhailov and Valery Kharlamov. Kharlamov died in a 1981 car accident.

Petrov scored 10 goals combined in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, according to sports-reference.com.

In retirement, Petrov became president of the Russian Hockey Federation and was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Jim Craig’s Olympic gold medal, Miracle on Ice jersey fail to sell at auction

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Miracle on Ice goaltender Jim Craig‘s gold medal and jerseys from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics failed to sell in an auction that ended Friday night, but his goalie mask went for $137,849.16.

Craig was attempting to sell his Olympic memorabilia for a second time, after he tried and failed to unload a bundle, 19 items that included the gold medal and jerseys, for $5.7 million.

This time, Craig split up the items, but the gold medal, jerseys and the flag he wore after the final win over Finland did not reach minimum reserve prices.

The mask sold, as did his goalie stick for $60,653.65 and his skates for $17,569.20.

At least two of Craig’s 1980 Olympic teammates have sold their gold medals.

Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014.

Mark Wells‘ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.

Miracle on Ice captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game in 1980 and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.

Dave Christian put his medal up for auction in February, but it reportedly did not sell.