Miracle a lasting memory
Catching up with Dave Silk
NORWELL -- Do you believe in miracles?
That's exactly what Al Michaels asked in one of the most famous calls in sports history. In the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team upset the heavily favored Russians 4-3 in the semi-finals during the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
One of the members of that team was right winger Dave Silk, a former hockey standout at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., and Boston University.
"It was such a huge upset that you couldn't help but be excited and be thrilled for what we had accomplished," said Silk about beating the Soviets. "In the back of our minds we knew we still had one more game left. As excited as we were to beat the Soviets we still knew we had a little bit more work to do."
The US team then went on to defeat Finland 4-2 in the championship game to win what is arguably the most famous gold medal in US Olympics history. Silk then had the opportunity to hear his National Anthem.
"It's indescribable," said Silk of the moment. "It's something so far-fetched that I never dreamed about being part of a gold medal hockey team. To actually be there was like an out of body experience. You had to pinch yourself, is this really happening?"
After the Olympics, Silk enjoyed a seven-year career in the NHL from 1979 through 1986, including two season with the Boston Bruins from 1983-85.
"That was a dream come true because I had always hoped to play for the Bruins someday," said Silk. "That was great and there is nothing like playing in the Garden. I had played there in the Beanpot, so I knew the Garden, but there's still nothing like putting on a Bruins jersey and playing in the Garden."
Silk also suited up for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets during his career.
Silk currently resides in Norwell with his wife Anna and daughters Sara, 15 and Kyla, 12. He works in the investment business as a managing director for Bear Stearns Asset Management.
"I am just coming on board with them right now," said Silk. "I think it will be great. The firm has been around a long time and they understand the market, which I have been in for a long time. It seems like a good fit."
Outside of work, Silk loves to play golf and sports a 10 handicap.
"It's a great place to compete," said Silk about golf. "It's outside and you can learn an awful lot about a person in four and half hours out there."
Once again, with the release of Disney's "Miracle" the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team is in the spotlight. Ironically, it's a local actor, Peabody's Bobby Hanson, who plays Silk on the big screen.
"It's a little daunting (seeing someone play yourself on the big screen)," said Silk. "But, Bobby Hanson did a great job. I think it's a wonderful movie and it's great. I think it is a fun movie to take your family too."
More than 20 years later, the 1980 Olympic Hockey team continues to play a major part of Dave Silk's life along with the millions who shared and watched the experience.
"It was an amazing event and looking back at it now the excitement of the moment, the exhilaration of the moment has given away now to a fascination with the story that has had legs all these years," said Silk. "I now consider myself really fortunate to have played with those guys and been a part of such a huge accomplishment."
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