NEW YORK (AP) The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block.
The flag is one of 19 items in "The Jim Craig `Miracle on Ice' Collection," which also includes Craig's Olympic gold medal, the jersey he wore against the vaunted Soviet Union and in the gold-medal win against Finland. Also included are the only mask Craig wore during the Winter Games, his skates and goalie equipment, and the goalie sticks from the games against the Soviets and Finland.
Asking price for the collection is $5.7 million. The items are on display through Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
Ice hockey at the Olympics has changed plenty since it made its debut outdoors at the Winter Games in 1924. Rules have been modified, the format has changed and amendments have been introduced to allow professionals to compete. While the basics of the game remain constant in North America and throughout the rest of the world, many differences will be noticed at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The best players in the world will compete under international rules. Take a look at the game's history along with how the game differs between North American and international competition, from rink dimensions to fighting tolerance.