Steve Janaszak

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Steve Janaszak
Born (1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 57)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Colorado Rockies
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1979–1983
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Team

Steven James Janaszak (born January 7, 1957 in Saint Paul, Minnesota and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota) is a retired American ice hockey goaltender who played three games in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and Colorado Rockies between 1980 and 1982.

Amateur career[edit]

Janaszak first became known in the hockey world as the star goaltender for Hill-Murray School on the East Side of Saint Paul. Janaszak attended the University of Minnesota where he was a goaltender for the Minnesota Gophers. He was voted most valuable player in the 1979 national championship tournament as the Gophers won the NCAA title. Janaszak is best known for being the back-up goalie to Jim Craig on the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal. Steve was the only member of the team to not appear in any of the games at the Olympics.

Professional career[edit]

Janaszak signed a free agent contract with the North Stars after the Olympics and appeared in one regular season game that season—a solid 2–2 draw against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately, the North Stars already had two quality goalkeepers in Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre and there was no room for Janaszak. After spending the next season in the minor leagues, Janaszak returned to the NHL with the Colorado Rockies who signed him as a free agent in 1982. He also played three games for Team USA as Glenn Resch's backup at the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Helsinki before retiring from the game after the 1982–83 season.

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning U.S. hockey team called Miracle on Ice, Janaszak does not appear as a character, but rather in archival footage of the gold medal ceremony.

He is played by Sam Skoryna in the 2004 Disney film Miracle.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • NCAA Hockey Championship All-Tournament Team (1979)
  • NCAA Hockey Championship Tournament MVP (1979)
  • Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.- Born Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1981) (shared with Mike Labianca)

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