Herb Brooks and his squad, inside the bubble of Lake Placid, were ecstatic over the win but had no sense of its magnitude. They went to dinner, woke up the next morning, and worried about the game against Finland on Sunday. They won the gold medal, celebrated, and then went instantly into the next round of their lives, the team scattered, 20 lives going in 20 directions.
"Jimmy Carter called [my dad]. ... He says to Carter, ‘This is a big deal now, Mr. President, but ... mark my words, as time passes this will get bigger and bigger.' And he was exactly right. Miracle on Ice is bigger now than it was back then."
- Dan Brooks, son of Herb Brooks
The Miracle story, meanwhile, continued to grow. That team's stars, players like Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig, continue to share their experience of playing for the team. The story has been retold in every possible format except a Broadway musical. The 2004 film starring Kurt Russell has become an iconic sports movie, elevating Herb Brooks' speeches into the pantheon of sports oratory.
More than anything, the game continues to resonate within USA hockey. Young players today know it. They watch the Hollywood version. They listen to their parents and grandparents talk about that game.
"Not that long ago the current U.S. Olympic hockey team had its orientation camp. There were 48 players on the roster then. Not a single one was born when that game happened. ... I talked to a dozen or so players about that game and all of them just went on and on. ... All these guys can tell you in every detail what happened."
- Mike Harris, Sports Editor, Washington Times
"Me and my brother did a lot of traveling in youth hockey and my Dad got us the original tape of the game and he had one of those big conversion vans with the little nine-inch TV in the back. Driving up to Buffalo and Toronto from New Jersey you could put in some hours watching VHSs, so obviously it was big for us. ... It's a cool thing to have in your mind and definitely when I was younger it really influenced me to keep wanting to play hockey."
- 24-year-old Capitals defensemen John Carlson, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team