USA Hockey Magazine is celebrating USA Hockey’s 75th anniversary with stories from the last 75 years. Check back for more features about the people and teams that have shaped the history of hockey in America.

History and Heroes

Following the 1971 IIHF Men’s World Championships, the “Father of Russian Hockey” Anatoly Tarasov, whose USSR hockey teams had dominated the world for nearly two decades, invited...
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - 14:31
During his life, John Mariucci was an icon who raised hockey to great heights both in his home state of Minnesota and around the United States. More than 30 years after his passing, the "godfather of...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:10

Starting with his first outing at the 1985 IIHF World Junior Championship, Mike Richter was a staple in net for the United States for 17 years...
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:54

John Mayasich led the United States to its first gold and silver medals at the Olympics. For all he accomplished in college and the Olympics, Mayasich never played a game as a professional...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 13:28

Bill Cleary (right) has held just about every possible title in the hockey world, and he has excelled in each. Born in Cambridge, Mass., Cleary never strayed from his roots, becoming a star for...
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 14:47

“The Beezer” was a nickname that John Vanbiesbrouck wore proudly throughout his 19-year NHL career.John Vanbiesbrouck won the Vezina Trophy and led the New York Rangers to seven...
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 10:41

Twenty years before the Miracle on Ice, the Christian brothers and their American teammates fulfilled a frozen prophecy of gold...
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 13:57

Jack Kirrane (3) sandwiched disappointments in 1952 and 1956 around a pair of stellar Olympic efforts in 1948 and 1960.Jack Kirrane was watching the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team practice at the old Boston...
Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 16:23
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