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1980 Pre Olympic Tour Schedule/Results


1980 USA Pre-Olympic Ticket Brochure

The 1980 U.S. hockey team played a total of 61 pre-Olympic games, beginning in Europe on Sept. 3, 1979 and ending Feb. 9, 1980 at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The U.S. team played their home pre-Olympic games at the Met Center in Bloomington, MN.  The team finished with a record of 42 wins, 16 losses and 3 ties.

In regards to the 1980 USA team Pre-Olympic results: The US squad was winless in 4 games against NHL teams in September exhibition games, being outscored by a margin of 24-8. Of interest, the 1980 US team won only 3 of 7 games against Canada, despite outscoring the Canadian National Team: 28-22.


1980 Pre-Olympic Team Photo at St. Paul Auditorium

The U.S. Olympic team also played a series of home and home games with each team in the Central Hockey League (Salt Lake City Golden Eagles, Indianapolis Checkers, Fort Worth Texans, Birmingham Bulls, Tulsa Ice Oilers, Houston Apollos, Oklahoma City Stars, Dallas Blackhawks and Cincinnati Stingers). In the 18 games vs. CHL teams, the U.S. Olympians record was: 14 wins,1 tie, 3 losses and outscored their opponents 85-57. In December, 1979 at Lake Placid, the U.S. team won the Pre-Olympic tournament going undefeated in 4 games and outscoring their opposition 15-6 with the results as follows:

USA (win) 4:2 Sweden "B" team (Goals: Broten, Strobel, Harrington, Eruzione)
USA (win) 3:1 Canada (Goals: McClanahan, Strobel, Verchota)
USA (win) 3:0 Czechoslovakia "B" team (Goals: Cox, Ramsey, McClanahan)
USA (win) 5:3 Soviet Union "B" team (Goals: Johnson (3), Cox, Strobel)


Pre-Olympic Tour Results

Date Played Opponent Score Win/Loss Home/Road
Sept. 3, 1979 Holland National Team 8-1 W Road
Sept. 5, 1979 Holland National Team 11-4 W Road
- Finland - Reip 1-2 L Road
- Finland - Saipa 4-1 W Road
- Finland - Sapko 6-0 W Road
- Finland - Karpat 5-4 W Road
- Finland - Lukko 5-3 W Road
Sept. 14, 1979 Finland - Jokerit 1-4 L Road
Sept. 17, 1979 Norway National Team 3-3 Tie Road
Sept. 18, 1979 Norway National Team 9-0 W Road
Sept. 29, 1979 Minnesota North Stars 2-4 L Home
Sept. 30, 1979 St. Louis Blues 1-9 L Road
- Atlanta Flames 1-6 L Road
- Washington Capitals 4-5 L Road
Oct. 8, 1979 Maine Mariners 4-2 W Road
Oct. 13, 1979 Canada National Team 7-2 W Road (Played at Hibbing Memorial)
Oct. 14, 1979 Canada National Team 6-0 W Home
Oct. 17, 1979 Salt Lake City 7-5 W Road
- Colorado College 10-1 W Road
- University of Minnesota Duluth 4-0 W Road (Played at Eveleth Hippodrome)
Oct. 23, 1979 University of Minnesota 8-2 W Home (Played at St. Paul Civic Center)
Oct. 25, 1979 Indianapolis 1-0 W Road
Oct. 30, 1979 Flint Generals 15-0 W Road
Nov. 4, 1979 Birmingham 5-2 W Home
Nov. 7, 1979 Houston Appolos 4-3 L Road
Nov. 8, 1979 Birmingham 6-4 W Road
Nov. 11, 1979 RPI 9-3 W Road
Nov. 14, 1979 Cincinatti 3-2 W Road
Nov. 19, 1979 Harvard 5-0 W Road
Nov. 20, 1979 Salt Lake City 6-4 W Home
- Canada National Team 6-7 L Road
- Canada National Team 2-6 L Road
- Canada National Team 3-4 L Road
Nov. 27, 1979 Canada National Team 1-2 L Home
Dec. 2, 1979 Cincinatti 6-1 W Home
- University of North Dakota 6-1 W Road
Dec. 6, 1979 Oklahoma City 5-3 W Home
Dec. 8, 1979 Yale 6-1 W Road
Dec. 11, 1979 Adirondack 0-1 L Road
- Sweden (Pre-Olympic "B team" tourney in Lake Placid) 4-2 W Road
- Canada (Pre-Olympic "B team" tourney in Lake Placid) 3-1 W Road
- Czechoslovakia (Pre-Olympic "B team" tourney in Lake Placid) 3-0 W Road
- Soviet Union (Pre-Olympic "B team" tourney in Lake Placid) 5-3 W Road
- Gorki Torpedo 4-2 W Road
- Gorki Torpedo 5-1 W Road
Dec. 30, 1979 Russian National 2-3 L Home
Jan. 3, 1980 Indianapolis 2-2 Tie Road
Jan. 5, 1980 Gorki Torpedo 10-3 L Road (Played at Rochester, MN Graham Arena)
Jan. 8, 1980 Oklahoma City 4-3 W Road
Jan. 9, 1980 Tulsa 5-2 W Road
Jan. 10, 1980 Houston 5-3 W Road
Jan. 12, 1980 Tulsa 7-4 W Road
Jan. 15, 1980 University of Wisconsin 6-2 W Home
Jan. 16, 1980 Fort Worth 3-4 L Road
Jan. 18, 1980 Dallas 3-4 L Road
Jan. 21, 1980 IHL All-Stars 4-4 Tie Home
- University of Wisconsin 4-2 W Road
Jan. 25, 1980 Fort Worth 3-5 L Home
Jan. 31, 1980 Dallas 10-6 W Home
- Warroad Lakers 10-0 W Road (Played at Warroad Memorial)
Feb. 9, 1980 Soviet Union 3-10 L Road (Played at Madison Square Garden, NY)

1979-80 U.S. Olympic Team (Pre-Olympic & Olympic Games Final Statistics)

# Name Games Played Goals Assists Points Penalty Minutes
10 Mark Johnson 60 38 54 92 31
7 Rob McClanahan 63 34 36 70 38
11 Steve Christoff 64 37 27 64 30
9 Neal Broten 62 27 31 58 32
16 Mark Pavelich 60 16 36 52 14
8 Dave Silk 56 12 36 48 32
21 Mike Eruzione 50 21 25 46 22
27 Phil Verchota 61 19 24 43 56
25 William Schneider 62 27 15 42 48
19 Eric Strobel 56 15 26 41 24
23 Dave Christian 66 10 28 38 30
28 John Harrington 58 14 23 37 16
17 Jack O'Callahan 55 7 30 37 85
5 Mike Ramsey 63 11 24 35 63
6 Bill Baker 60 5 25 30 74
14 Ralph Cox 31 13 13 26 27
3 Ken Morrow 65 5 20 25 12
20 Bob Suter 38 7 11 18 67
12 Jack Hughes 49 3 15 18 62
15 Mark Wells 29 9 7 16 2
2 Les Auge 29 0 14 14 14
4 Gary Ross 12 1 6 7 4
22 Dave Delich 13 4 2 6 4
18 Tim Harrer 4 1 3 4 0
30 Jim Craig 48 0 3 3 28
1 Steve Janaszak 17 0 1 1 0
31 Bruce Horsch 9 0 0 0 0
Bench Penalty Min 8
Totals: 68 336 535 871 823

Goaltenders Statistics (Pre-Olympic Games)

Goalie Games Played Minutes Played W-L-T Record Goals Against GAA %
Jim Craig 41 2371 30-8-1 95 2.40
Steve Janaszak 17 894 9-5-1 47 3.15
Bruce Horsch 9 410 3-3-1 25 3.66

Jim Craig Statistics (Pre-Olympic and Olympic Games Combined)

Goalie Games Played Minutes Goals Against W-L-T Record GAA
Jim Craig 48 2791 110 36-8-2 2.36

Jim Craig Statistics (Olympic Games)

Goalie Games Played Minutes Goals Against W-L-T Record GAA Save %
Jim Craig 7 420 15 6-0-1 2.14 .924