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Jack Hughes' brush with history unfortunately did not have the same storybook ending that many of his former teammates enjoyed, but this 1980 Team USA jersey game worn by Hughes has its place in hockey lore nonetheless. Hughes, a collegiate star, played with the legendary "Miracle on Ice" team up until the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, but was let go right before the official games started. What transpired next was one of the greatest upsets in all of sports. Boasting a team comprised exclusively of amateur players, the U.S. vanquished the seemingly invincible Soviet Union in the semifinals of the tournament by a score of 4-3, with the game serving as a sort of athletic proxy for the ongoing Cold War and punctuated by Al Michaels' iconic call, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" The U.S. would go on to defeat Finland in the finals to capture the gold medal, but their run to glory is best remembered by their stunning upset of the U.S.S.R. This jersey is from the same set/style of jerseys that the 1980 team wore in the Olympics, with a blue and red "USA" on white. A size XL tag is located in the collar, with a Norcon tag sewn on the front tail. The number "12" appears on both sleeves and the back, where "HUGHES" can be found sewn in white on a blue name plate. The jersey shows use in the form of sweat stains in the collar and marks and staining on the sleeves, but unfortunately fell just short of its own chance at glory.
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