On February 22, 1980, one of the most iconic hockey games in history took place at the Olympics. In what is known as the “Miracle on Ice,” Team USA stood triumphant over the Soviet Union. Almost 40 years since that game, players from both teams have gone on to do great things off the ice. We take a look at the whereabouts of 10 amazing hockey athletes.
Russian defenseman Viacheslav Fetisov joined the NHL in 1989 as part of the Devils. In 1998, he ended his career with the Red Wings after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups. He is currently a member of the Federal Assembly of Russia.
Ken Morrow became the first hockey player to win an Olympic medal and Stanley Cup in the same season. The defenseman gained three more Stanley Cups with the Islanders before retiring in 1989. He’s currently the director of pro scouting for the Islanders.
Center Mark Johnson played for various teams before retiring in 1992. Since 2002, he’s been the head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers’ women’s hockey team. He’s led the team to four national championships. In 2010, he returned to the Winter Olympics as the coach for the U.S. women’s hockey team.
Russian defenseman Alexei Kasatonov bounced between several hockey teams, including the Devils. After his retirement, Kasatonov coached youth hockey in the New York/New Jersey region for several years. Recently, he became the GM for the Russian men’s hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Center Neal Broten earned his only Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995. For his 15-season stint on the Minnesota North Stars, his jersey was retired in 1998. He currently manages the Sally Broten Horse Company in Wisconsin.
After retiring in 1988, defenseman Zinetula Bilyaletdinov took up assistant coach jobs with the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he was fired as coach for the Russian men’s team. That same year, he became the head coach for Ak Bars Kazan.
Defenseman Jack O’Callahan split his NHL career between the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. He’s currently the senior managing director at Chicago’s Ziegler Capital Management.
Dave Christian was the fourth member of his family to earn Olympic medals. The retired forward recently sold his medal to help raise money for his grandchildren.
Vladislav Tretiak became the first Russian player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame without playing in the NHL. Since 2006, the iconic goaltender has been president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.
After playing 1,070 regular season games, defenseman Mike Ramsey retired in 1996. Four years later, he became an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild. That tenure lasted until 2010. Both of his children are following his footsteps with their own hockey careers.