The Boys of Winter

By Wayne Coffey

The Boys of Winter - Wayne Coffey
  • Release Date: 2005-01-11
  • Genre: Winter Sports
Score: 4.5
From 95 Ratings


The true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the Miracle on Ice, which Sports Illustrated called the greatest moment in sports history—with a new afterword by Ken Morrow for the fortieth anniversary of the Miracle on Ice
“An unvarnished and captivating read.”—Parade
Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable.
Wayne Coffey casts a fresh eye on this seminal sports event, giving readers an ice-level view of the amateurs who took on a Russian hockey juggernaut at the height of the Cold War. He details the unusual chemistry of the Americans—formulated by their fiercely determined coach, Herb Brooks—and seamlessly weaves portraits of the boys with the fluid action of the game itself. Coffey also traces the paths of the players and coaches since their stunning victory, examining how the Olympic events affected their lives.
Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, The Boys of Winter is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of one Friday night in Lake Placid and the enduring power of the extraordinary.


  • A must read

    By ScottJenn
    30 some years later hearing "Do you believe in miracles" still can bring tears to the eyes of a grown man. This book brings out all of those emotions, and provides a behind the scenes look into the players that made us believe. A must read for anyone who loves the game of hockey and can still remember where they were that Friday night in February 30 years ago...
  • Great Book!

    By DLind88
    Anyone who is a fan of the 1980 olympic team, or a fan of the movie "Miracle" will love this book. I would definitely consider it a must read for all hockey fans!
  • The Boys of Winter

    By Bodensteiner
    This is a must read for anyone who remembers that wonderful Friday evening in 1980. The style in which the author goes from the game itself and background information on each member of the team throughout the book is captivating to you as the reader. Thank you for taking me back in time as a 10 year old watching the game at my grandma's house - still brings tears to my eyes!