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Hockey's miracle before the 'Miracle'

Updated: February 8, 2010, 5:06 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

By noon that day, they had won the first Olympic hockey gold medal for the United States.

By midafternoon, they were packing their bags.

By evening, many were on red-eye flights or trains back home to their jobs as firemen, insurance salesmen and carpenters.

It was like the scene from "Field of Dreams" in which the baseball players fade away like ghosts when they walk into the corn outfield of Ray Kinsella's homemade diamond. Except for one thing: The men ...

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