Dave Silk Speaker Profile
Dave Silk Biography
Dave Silk was born January 1, 1958 in Scituate, Massachusetts and is a retired professional American ice hockey forward who played 249 NHL regular season games for the Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers between 1980 and 1985.
Many would believe the most important accomplishment in David Silks life was the 1980 Olympics. The 1980 Miracle on Ice is known today as one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Team USA was made up of unknown college players. Many believed that they were a huge underdog going into the Olympics. The USA didnt let any of the negative criticisms stop them from attaining their goals. They worked their way through the games and got into the medal round. They were set to play the Soviet Union. Going into this game, many Americans were scared for the team for numerous reasons. Team USA had lost to the Soviet Union in an exhibition game 103 that was held at Madison Square garden in New York City just days before this rematch in Lake Placid. The turmoil between the United States and the Soviet Union also added to the stress to the hockey game. Silk said To us, it was a hockey game; to the rest of the world it was a political statement. None of these factors phased team USA in any way. Many would say Herb Brooks, who was the head coach of the team, had a huge impact on the teams accomplishments. According to Silk he was a master motivator known for impassioned speeches. Brooks would tape clippings and telegrams on the wall to motivate the team before going out on the ice and playing the Soviets (Carroll). Silk said of all the telegrams we had, the one I remember came from this woman in Texas, It read, I may not know anything about hockey but I want you guys to go out and kill those Commie Bastards. At that point we began to understand what this game meant to people. David Silk and team USA played like they never had played before. They left everything they had on the ice of that Olympic Stadium, defeating the Soviets 43. When the final buzzer sounded on that 43 victory, many Americans swelled with Pride Silk said (Carroll). No one imagined that team USA would end up being conquering the Soviet Union hockey team in such a fashion. Two days later the young American team defeated Finland to clinch the gold medal coming from behind as they had done in every game in the tournament. After the unbelievable upset that lead to the gold medal, one might ask where would you put such a prized possession? When Silk was asked he said my gold medal is in a safety box at a local bank and my jersey is around the house somewhere. Soon after the gold medal win, National Hockey League Teams were contacting anyone wearing a Team USA jersey (Carroll). The next step in David Silk's life was getting the chance to make a childhood dream turn into a reality. Many years after the 1980 Olympic gold medal game Herb Brooks was in a fatal accident. He was leaving a charity golf tournament in his home state of Minnesota (Carroll). Silk said every player from the 1980 team made it to the funeral. That was a very tough time for everyone. Brooks had a huge impact on those young college hockey players and made them along with many people believe that nothing is impossible.
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