Eric Strobel

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Eric Strobel
Born (1958-06-05) June 5, 1958 (age 60)
Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Rochester Americans
National team  United States
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 1978
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1976–1980
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Lake Placid Team

Eric Martin Strobel (born June 5, 1958 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American former ice hockey forward who was a member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Amateur career[edit]

Strobel attended Rochester Mayo High School where he earned all-conference honors in 1973-74, 1974–75 and 1975–76 before moving on to the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the 1979 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA championship team and also played for Team USA at the 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow.

Professional career[edit]

Drafted 133rd overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Strobel never played with the parent club. He managed only half a season as a professional playing for their top minor league team, the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, before he broke his ankle during an AHL playoff game in the spring of 1980, and retired from hockey.

Post playing career[edit]

Strobel returned to Minnesota after his retirement and became a telephone sales executive in Apple Valley, Minnesota.[1]

He previously coached the Peewee A team for the Eastview Athletic Association in Apple Valley.


Eric married Kim Robinson on July 31, 1987 and has two children, Leslie (Born November 21, 1987) and Krista (Born September 19, 1988).[citation needed] Strobel's father, Art Strobel played for the New York Rangers.

Eric Strobel suffered a minor stroke on October 31, 2006 and recovered in the hospital. He leads a normal life after undergoing physical therapy.

In popular culture[edit]

Strobel was not featured in a 1981 TV movie about the 1980 U.S. hockey team called Miracle on Ice, but did appear in archival footage of the gold medal ceremony.

Robbie MacGregor portrayed him in the 2004 Disney film Miracle.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1979 [2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Rochester Mayo High School HS-MN
1974–75 Rochester Mayo High School HS-MN
1975–76 Rochester Mayo High School HS-MN
1976–77 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 11 14 25 12
1977–78 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 11 18 29 30
1978–79 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 30 22 52 34
1979–80 United States Intl 49 14 24 38 22
1979–80 Rochester Americans AHL 13 4 4 8 4 3 0 2 2 2
WCHA totals 121 52 54 106 76


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1979 United States WC 8 3 3 6 2
1980 United States OG 7 1 2 3 2
Senior totals 15 4 5 9 4


  1. ^ Marcus, Steven (February 21, 2015). "Miracle on Ice team: Where are they now?". Newsday. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-19.

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