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‘Miracle on Ice’ Olympic Team Member Mark Wells Dies At 67

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Mark Wells, an American hockey player who was best known for being a part of the 1980 United States men’s hockey “Miracle on Ice” team, passed away this week at the age of 67.

The news of Wells’ passing was confirmed through a post on his official Facebook page.

“It’s with profound sadness to announce the passing of Mark R. Wells,”

“He was so much more than an Olympic hero or ‘The Commish.’ He was a friend to everyone he met. Simply a great man.

“Please allow his family and loved ones the privacy they deserve in this time of great sorrow.”

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Mike Eruzione, who was the captain of the United States Olympic team in 1980, released a statement following his former teammate’s passing.

“Sad day today for our 1980 Olympic team. number 15 Mark Wells passed away yesterday. Great teammate obviously a great hockey player and we will miss him,”

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During his time playing for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, Wells scored three points in the tournament in Lake Placid, withtwo goals and one assist. His performance helped the young American squad to triumph over the Soviet Union in the first game of the medal round.

Before his success in the Olympics, Wells was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 13th round of the 1977 NHL Draft after his second season at Bowling Green State University. After his success at the Olympics, Mark played nine games for Montreal’s AHL affiliate but was later traded to the Detroit Red Wings. After refusing to join the Red Wings, Wells signed with the New York Rangers but never advanced beyond the farm system.

During his time with the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate, Mark totaled 43 points in 67 games played. After playing with the Rangers, Wells played nineteen games with Fort Wayne of the International Hockey League, and six games with Flint of the IHL, as well as 14 games in the Central Hockey League.

Rest in peace!

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