Bill Baker (ice hockey)
November 29, 1956|
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
|National team||United States|
54th overall, 1976|
49th overall, 1973|
New England Whalers
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the United States|
|1980 Lake Placid||Team|
William Robert Baker (born November 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is an American retired 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.
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.
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. He played 59 regular season games for Tulsa Oilers, but was not with team during post-season.
Awards and achievements
|All-WCHA First Team||1978–79|||
|AHCA West All-American||1978–79|||
- 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY
- Ice Hockey World Championships, 1979 and 1981
- 1981 Canada Cup
In popular culture
In a 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning hockey team entitled Miracle on Ice, Baker is played by David Wallace.
Regular season and playoffs
|1972–73||Grand Rapids High School||High-MN||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Grand Rapids High School||High-MN||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||University of Minnesota||WCHA||44||8||15||23||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||University of Minnesota||WCHA||28||0||8||8||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||University of Minnesota||WCHA||38||10||23||33||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||University of Minnesota||WCHA||44||12||42||54||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||12||4||8||12||5||1||0||1||1||0|
|1980–81||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||18||5||12||17||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||St. Louis Blues||NHL||35||3||5||8||50||4||0||0||0||0|
|1981–82||Fort Worth Texans||CHL||10||3||12||15||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||New York Rangers||NHL||70||4||14||18||64||2||0||0||0||0|
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- "1976 NHL Amateur Draft - Bill Baker". Hockeydraftcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.