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Coach Herb Brooks’ Miracle On Ice Olympic Championship Ring Coming to Auction

February 12, 2015


As we approach the 35th anniversary on one of the most monumental upsets in sports history, Heritage Auctions is selling key memorabilia from USA coach Herb Brooks.

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Among the treasures going up on the auction block are Brooks’ personal whistle, stopwatch and sweatsuit that he wore during the 1980 Winter Olympics in addition to a collection of his personal notes on the players.

Perhaps no item will go for more money than his cherished championship ring – the Olympic ring he was awarded as head coach. The gold medal would go for more money but is not being offered in the auction.

The items were consigned by the family of the late coach and they just don’t cover the 1980 Olympics, they cover much of his Hall of Fame career.

“The name of Herb Brooks inspires reverence and respect in the heart of any American that remembers the ‘Miracle on Ice,’” noted Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions in a press release. “This is the first time that his family is opening their archives to make some of the coach’s treasures to the fans that admire him so deeply. It’s a compelling look at the most famous U.S. Olympic moment of them all and the man that masterminded it all.”

Brooks, who died in 2003, had a solid amateur hockey career and was a standout at the University of Minnesota. Ironically, Brooks was the last player cut before the United States went to the 1960 Winter Olympics and surprised the world with a gold medal victory, he received the opportunity to play for his country in the two Olympic events that followed. By 1970-71, his active playing days had drawn to a close and he transitioned into coaching. Promoted to head coach by 1972-73, he led his teams to three NCAA championships.

In 1979, he was brought in to serve as America’s boss at the 1979 IIHF World Championship and he remained in that position for the upcoming Olympics. He selected the roster from the best collegiate players around, and drew criticism for picking too many of his former players and their rivals from Boston University to make up the core of the team.

Considered huge underdogs heading into the tournament, they managed to earn an upset victory over Czechoslovakia and tied Sweden before qualifying for the round-robin elimination round. On February 22, 1980, the Americans pulled off the unthinkable as the defeated the Soviet Union team. Fans in Lake Placid got to see the game live, but the rest of the country watched it on tape delay and Al Michaels‘ call of “Do you believe in Miracles? Yes!” resonated with the nation. Two days later, the U.S. team won the gold medals after defeating Finland.

Heritage has noted that the championship ring up for bids is only the third every offered from that team with the first two coming from players Mark Pavelich and Mark Wells.

“We’d consider this to be the most significant of all rings issued to that celebrated pack of underdogs,” continued Ivy, “The one worn by the man who gave birth to the greatest moment in American sports history. It’s also important to note that the Olympic Gold Medal Ring was the only symbol of victory that Brooks initially received for the Miracle on Ice. He was eventually awarded a gold medal from the USOC, but it is not standard practice and only done after a groundswell of support.”

Over 30 different lots of Brooks’ memorabilia will be offered and some of the other highlights include his 1974 and 1976 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Hockey Championship rings, a jersey he wore while playing for the United States during the 1968 Winter Olympics and another that was worn during international competition during that decade. Additionally, his Hockey Hall of Fame induction ring is also available and it was presented to his family was he was posthumously enshrined in 2006.

This is not the only Miracle On Ice memorabilia that is presently available as Montreal-based Classic Auctions has items from Rob McClanahan in their current event. In addition to his jersey that was worn during that landmark game, his jacket from the 1979 pre-Olympic tournament.

Items from the Miracle On Ice game have done very well at auction in recent years. Heritage sold team captain Mike Eruzione‘s jersey two years ago for nearly $660,000 and a game-used and team-signed stick from goaltender Jim Craig reached a bid of over $32,000.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you are looking to sell a championship ring, let’s talk.


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Brad Jacobs’ Stolen Olympic Championship Ring Recovered by Police

June 28, 2014 – By The Canadian Press, Postmedia News


Curling champion Brad Jacobs was thrilled when they called him to say his stolen ring from the 2014 Sochi Games had been recovered.

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The expensive engraved jewelry was stolen from a motel room in Boyle, Alta., where the gold-medal winning skip was taking part in a charity golf tournament last weekend.

RCMP Cpl. John Spaans (SPANZ) says Jacobs wasn’t holding out much hope that the ring would be found.

That made him all the more pleased when an officer called to tell him the ring had been found in the attic of a house.

A 22-year-old woman is facing charges and a man, also 22, is still being sought by police.

The woman is to appear in a Boyle courtroom in August.

Other personal items belonging to Jacobs and another theft victim were also recovered.

“He was pretty thrilled … He was surprised, first off, then pretty happy obviously. With such a small item, you’re really looking for a needle in a haystack,” Spaans said Friday.

“He had said if we ever found it to call him right away.”

Spaans said the two suspects were identified as the result of tips from the public and video surveillance.

“We put out the press release asking for public assistance and people started thinking back about strange activity they’d seen or hadn’t reported to the police yet,” he said.

“And through all those complaints … we were able to connect these two and go back and review video footage from the motel and … that subsequently led us to a house in town.”

The ring was not part of the booty presented to Jacobs at the Olympics. He and his teammates had the option to have the rings made and purchased them on their own.

He had been heart-broken about the theft, saying he had hoped to someday pass the ring down to his children, and had pleaded with the thieves to give it back.


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Canadian 2014 Olympic curling ring stolen

June 26, 2014


Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this Sochi 2014 Olympic Champions ring belonging to Canadian curler Brad Jacobs.

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Brad Jacobs, one of Canada’s Olympic curling champions, is missing his Sochi 2014 championship ring after a hotel robbery in northern Alberta.

Jacobs was visiting for a charity golf tournament when his hotel room was robbed.

He said the ring was taken while he and other tournament participants were in the hotel bar, between 1 and 2 a.m. on June 20.

When the group tried to return to their rooms, Jacobs said his room and one other room were found to be locked from the inside.

“We obviously knew that was a little weird with it being deadbolted from the inside, and I immediately went to the drawer where I kept all my stuff … and the only thing that was left there was my wedding band.”

Jacobs said his wallet, cellphone, watch and bracelet had also been in the drawer.

At first, Jacobs said, he thought the missing items had simply been misplaced, but then he heard that a second room down the hall had been broken into.

“Basically, just knew right then and there that it was broken into and those were the things that were stolen. There was nothing else missing.”

The next morning, Jacobs said he found window screens lying on the ground outside both his room and the second room where items were also reported missing.

Boyle’s Mayor Don Radmanovich said crimes like this are uncommon in the community, but Jacobs said he heard the hotel had been broken into before.

The ring has a square face with rounded corners, bearing the words “Olympic Champions 2014.” “Brad Jacobs Skip” is inscribed on the ring’s inside surface.
Hoping for ring’s return

“It’s a beautiful ring, something that we love to wear and people love to see, so it’s obviously very valuable to me. It symbolizes every day that I wear it that we are Olympic champions. It’s terrible that I don’t have it anymore.”

When asked, Jacobs said he would rather not say how much the ring was worth, but added its sentimental value was much higher.

“I hope that the idiot that stole it goes ahead and does something even dumber, which is try to get rid of the ring and hopefully it pops up, but I don’t know what anyone would do with that.”

This is not the first time a thief has stolen one of his championship rings. Jacobs said his Brier championship ring was taken from his home in an earlier break-in about a year ago. He later had it replaced.

RCMP are now asking for the public’s help in retrieving the ring.


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