Bill Baker (ice hockey)

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Bill Baker
Born (1956-11-29) November 29, 1956 (age 57)
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Colorado Rockies
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 54th overall, 1976
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 49th overall, 1973
New England Whalers
Playing career 1979–1984
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Team

William Robert Baker (born November 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 143 regular season games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers between 1980 and 1983.

Playing career[edit]

College career[edit]

Bill Baker attended the University of Minnesota and was team captain for the 1978-1979 season. He was originally selected 54th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. Baker is best known for being a member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal in Lake Placid, NY. Specifically, he is known for scoring the tying goal as the extra skater in the final minute forcing a 2–2 tie with Sweden in the opening game. This tie allowed the team to eventually advance to the medal round. Baker's jersey from the famed "Miracle On Ice" is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., U.S. along with a stick autographed by all the members of the team.

Professional career[edit]

He joined the Canadiens after the Olympics, and was later traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1981. He also played for Team USA at the 1981 Ice Hockey World Championship and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments. Colorado later traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Joe Micheletti and Dick Lamby. Baker spent the full 1982–83 season with the New York Rangers. He spent the 1983-84 season in the CHL playing for the eventual league championships, the Tulsa Oilers coached by Tom Webster.[1] He played 59 regular season games for Tulsa Oilers, but was not with team during post-season.[2]

Post career[edit]

Baker currently resides in Brainerd, Minnesota where he works as an oral surgeon and maxillofacial specialist.

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1978–79
AHCA West All-American 1978–79

International play[edit]

  • 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY
  • Ice Hockey World Championships, 1979 and 1981
  • 1981 Canada Cup

In popular culture[edit]

In a 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning hockey team entitled Miracle on Ice, Baker is played by David Wallace.

In the 2004 Disney film Miracle, he is portrayed by Nick Postle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa Oilers 1983-84 hockey team player statistics". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ "1976 NHL Amateur Draft - Bill Baker". Hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.