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1980-81 Jim Craig Boston Bruins Game Used Stick - Team Signed - Miracle On Ice Alum
Lot #662

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1980-81 Jim Craig Boston Bruins Game Used Stick - Team Signed - Miracle On Ice Alum
Lot #662
This Northland goalie stick was game used by Jim Craig while playing for the Boston Bruins. The stick is also team signed by 20 members of the 1980-81 Boston Bruins. Craig spent 3 years playing goal for Boston University where, in 1979, he was a 1st team NCAA East All Star and a 1st Team ECAC All Star. Jim then made the decision to join Team USA, and what a great decision it turned out to be. He played in the 1979 World Championships and then became the man between the pipes for the U.S. National Team in 1979-80, playing in 48 games. Naming Craig to the 1980 Olympic Team was an easy decision for Coach Herb Brooks. This North Easton, Massachusetts native then proceeded to deliver one heroic performance after another as Team USA pulled off the “Miracle On Ice” and brought home the Gold Medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Jim went undefeated, going 6-0-1 in his 7 Olympic starts and posted a 2.14 GAA, while producing a series of memories that will live on forever in the hearts and minds of hockey fans!

Following the 1980 Olympics, Craig joined the Atlanta Flames who had drafted him in the 4th round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. Jim spent the remainder of that season in Atlanta and was dealt to his hometown Boston Bruins that summer. Craig shared the goaltending duties in 1980-81 with Rogie Vachon, playing in 23 games and posting only 7 losses in 22 decisions. Craig lost his backup role to Marco Baron the following year and found himself in the minors playing for Erie. The following year, Jim returned “home” to the U.S. National Team and posted a couple of shutouts and a 2.64 GAA in 26 games. Jim again rose to the occasion and was named to the 1983 World Championship All Star Team while also being named goaltender of that 1983 IIHF tournament. The 1983-84 season was the last of Craig’s playing career. After seeing his exploits at the World’s, the Minnesota North Stars offered Craig a Free Agent contract. Jim appeared in 3 games for the Stars while spending the majority of the year with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. Craig is a deserving member of the IIHF Hall of Fame, having been elected in 1999.

This Northland goalie stick has the player name “Craig” stamped on the side. The stick is fully taped on the butt and blade. The paddle has been taped in white so the stick could be team signed. The 20 signatures include: Craig, Cashman, Middleton, Redmond, Ratelle, Morrison, Jonathan, Kasper, Melnyk, Crowder, O’Connell, Foster, Bourque, McCrimmon (d.2011), Marcotte, Vachon, Milbury, Park and Lalonde. The stick is uncracked and in beautiful condition.