The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Eruzione: Auction was 'for the right reason'
Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:59am  

Eruzione: Auction was 'for the right reason'

Mike Eruzione, who was in the news this weekend when he auctioned off the jersey he wore during Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics, joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about his reasons for selling the prized uniform.

Eruzione also sold the stick with which he scored the winning goal against the Soviets along with other memorabilia, and the total haul was more than $1.3 million. He said that his cut will be split among his family, a charitable foundation in his hometown of Winthrop and a hockey scholarship he endowed at his alma mater, Boston University.

The inspiration to sell the memorabilia came to Eruzione in 2010. That’s when Paul Henderson auctioned off the jersey he was wearing when he scored the series-winning goal for Canada against the Soviets in the legendary 1972 Summit Series.

“It was actually a few years ago when I heard that Paul Henderson sold his jersey in Canada for like $1.2 million. I said to my wife, I said, ‘Boy, we’d better get the stuff out of the attic. It’s worth some money,’ ” Eruzione said. “And basically I just waited and waited and felt it was the right time. My daughter just had a little baby, so I have a little grandson. … What a great opportunity for me to give my kids some money to take care of maybe their kids’ education.

“I’ve always told everybody I’m doing it for the right reason, not the wrong reason. Things are fine for me financially, things are great. But it was sitting in a trunk in my attic — all of it, everything I had from 1980. And I thought this was the right time.”

Added Eruzione: “The bottom line is I wasn’t going to do anything with the stuff. It was going to sit in my trunk in my attic. You can’t display it somewhere in the home. Because that’s the last thing I need it is my buddies coming over and going, ‘Ah, OK, another picture of you with your Olympic jersey.’ So, it was just logical.”

Eruzione said when he got support from BU coach Jack Parker, “That kind of solidified it for me. I talked to my family, I talked to my friends. Not one person said, ‘Are you crazy? You should hold on to that stuff.’ ”

There are two pieces of memorabilia Eruzione said he will not sell, however.

“The medal is what it’s about. I will never, ever sell the gold medal while I’m alive,” he said. “I will never sell the ring that we got from the Olympic Games while I’m alive.”

Added Eruzione: “Right now, the medal is what it all stood about. We went to Lake Placid with the dream of winning a medal, and we did. We won the ultimate medal. That’s what it means to me. The medal is what the tournament was about — not my pants or my gloves or my stick or my underwear or my sweatsuits or anything like that. That’s just a part of it. The real deal is the medal. That’s something that will always stay with me.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.




Audio On Demand

NFL SUNDAY with Dickerson…

NFL SUNDAY with Dickerson and Price - Football after Deflategate ... it does exist 5-24-15

Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.

NFL SUNDAY with Dickerson and Price - The latest on the Brady suspension and appeal 5-24-15

Greg and Chris discuss where we are with Tom Brady's fight against the NFL in the Deflategate suspension.

Mike Petraglia, WEEI.com, joins NFL Sunday with Dickerson and Price 5-24-15

Trags calls the boys to discuss the latest on Deflategate, Kraft's decision to not continue the fight and where we go from here. He gets into the latest on Brady as well. Also, we get a battle between Trags and Greg on Led Zep vs the Beatles.

Dickerson and Tomase disc…

Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

Mike Napoli Player of the…

Mike Napoli Player of the Game Interview 5-23-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox first baseman, who hit two homers at Fenway tonight in the win against the Angels.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton speak to Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Fenway Park for our weekly visit.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 05-16-15

Joe & Dave talked to the rookie Sox catcher, who knocked in the go-ahead run against Felix Hernandez.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Shirley Leung defends Bos…

Shirley Leung defends Boston's Olympic bid 5-22-15

Shirley Leung joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to look at Boston's Olympic hopes.

Stephen A. Smith on Tom Brady's suspension 5-22-15

Stephen A. joined us to discuss Tom Brady's suspension.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Child molester 5-22-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Three For All - 19 Kids a…

Three For All - 19 Kids and Counting Scandal, 5-22-15

The guys talk about the charges surrounding one of the stars of 19 Kids and Counting and what TLC should do with the show.

Reactions to Bill Polian's interview and more Deflategate talk, 5-22-15

Lou, Christian and Greg react to their interview with Bill Polian and take calls from listeners to get their take on the latest surrounding Deflategate.

The Lou Merloni Baseball Minute, 5-22-15

With all the Deflategate news, Lou hasn't had a chance to complain about the Red Sox and their poor start. Christian and Greg give Lou a minute to get all his thoughts out as fast as he can.

4at4 - Our Favorite David…

4at4 - Our Favorite David Letterman Moments.

David Letterman has wrapped up his show and we picked out four of our favorite moments from his career.

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post talks Goodell's credibility

Roger Goodell's integrity and credibility is in question and Sally Jenkins wrote a scathing piece on Roger Goodell joins us.

Don Sweeney: I want to have a philosophical alignment with the team's coach

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Pump It Up- Mikey Adams S…

Pump It Up- Mikey Adams Song

The definitive deflate gate song

Planet Mikey Show - Where's Your Proof, Morons?

Mikey Adams is joined by Chris Villani as they take calls on the Friday night Two Minute Drill and discuss the ongoing DeflateGate saga with the New England Patriots and Roger Goodell's role in hearing the Tom Brady appeal.

05-12-15 Planet Mikey Seg. 2

Continued conversation on deflate-gate and the aftermath of the Brady suspension and sanctions passed down to the Patriots organization

We Love Anthony Davis - C…

We Love Anthony Davis - Conference Finals Edition

Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog and Draftkings.com joins the program to break down the the two conference finals series, the NBA Draft, and whether or not Corey Brewer is the ugliest player in the game?

SoccerCast - Jermaine Jones Cant Play CB; Transfer Rumors

Ben, Russ, and Alex recap the Revs loss to Sporting KC and discuss what the Revs need moving forward. Also discussed is the FFP and how it will affect the transfer window.

D&C's Breaking Balls: Dino is back from rehab 5-18-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Dino's rehab experience.

Stephen A. Smith on Tom B…

Stephen A. Smith on Tom Brady's suspension 5-22-15

Stephen A. joined us to discuss Tom Brady's suspension.

More from this show

Sally Jenkins of the Wash…

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post talks Goodell's credibility

Roger Goodell's integrity and credibility is in question and Sally Jenkins wrote a scathing piece on Roger Goodell joins us.

More from this show

As deflategate winds down…

As deflategate winds down, Patriots fans left with bitter taste towards all things NFL

Dale, Michael and Jerry continue to discuss and take reaction to deflategate, with the latest wrinkles coming from the NFL social media department taking shots at the organization even after Robert Kraft capitulated to his team's punishment.

More from this show

Boston and the Olympics 5…

Boston and the Olympics 5-22-15

The guys opened the show with the latest Olympic news.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Child molester 5-22-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Weei Writers