QUEBEC CITY -- The top hockey story of the past 100 years belongs to the Americans.
The 1980 Miracle on Ice victory at the Olympics was named the best hockey moment of the century at the International Ice Hockey Federation's gala dinner last night.
Paul Henderson's winning goal for Canada at the 1972 Summit Series was chosen as the second best story.
The Soviets' upset win in the open ing game of the Summit Series in Montreal was third.
The world championship win by the Soviets in 1954 was fourth and Czechoslovakia's gold in 1972 was fifth.
The IIHF compiled a list of the top 100 stories in celebration of its 100th birthday and unveiled the final 10 here at the world championship.
Hockey writers from around the world were polled.
The 1980 U.S. Olympic team was comprised of collegiate and amateur players and knocked off the Soviets to win gold in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"If we had played them 100 times, we probably would have lost 99," said Mark Johnson, who was a 21-year-old centre on that team.
"What happened at Lake Placid nobody thought about, nobody fascinated about, nobody dreamed about."
The U.S. victory became the subject of dozens of books and two feature-length films.