Steve Janaszak

Steven James Janaszak (born January 7, 1957) is an American former ice hockey goaltender who played three games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Minnesota North Stars and Colorado Rockies between 1980 and 1982.

Steve Janaszak
Born (1957-01-07) January 7, 1957 (age 63)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
Colorado Rockies
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1979–1983
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Lake Placid Team

Amateur careerEdit

Janaszak first became known in the hockey world as the star goaltender for Hill-Murray School on the East Side of Saint Paul. Janaszak attended the University of Minnesota where he was a goaltender for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He was voted most valuable player in the 1979 national championship tournament as the Gophers won the NCAA title. Janaszak is best known for being the back-up goalie to Jim Craig on the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal. Janaszak was the only member of the team to not appear in any of the games at the Olympics.

Professional careerEdit

Janaszak signed a free agent contract with the North Stars after the Olympics and appeared in one regular season game that season, a solid 2–2 draw against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately for Janaszak, the North Stars already had two quality goaltenders in Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre and there was no room for him. After spending the next season in the minor leagues, Janaszak returned to the NHL with the Colorado Rockies, who signed him as a free agent in 1982. He also played three games for Team USA as Glenn Resch's backup at the 1982 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Helsinki, before retiring from the game after the 1982–83 season.

In popular cultureEdit

In the 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning U.S. hockey team called Miracle on Ice, Janaszak does not appear as a character, but rather in archival footage of the gold medal ceremony.

He is played by Sam Skoryna in the 2004 Disney film Miracle.

Life outside sportsEdit

He met his future wife, who was working as an interpreter during the 1980 Olympics in the athlete village, and they were married a year later. He works as an investment manager on Long Island, N.Y.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1971–72 Hill-Murray School HS-MN
1972–73 Hill-Murray School HS-MN
1973–74 Hill-Murray School HS-MN
1974–75 Hill-Murray School HS-MN
1975–76 University of Minnesota B-10 4 1 2 0 240 21 0 5.25
1976–77 University of Minnesota B-10 17 6 9 2 1100 86 0 4.69
1977–78 University of Minnesota B-10 28 14 10 2 1653 106 3 3.85
1978–79 University of Minnesota B-10 41 29 11 1 2428 131 1 3.23
1979–80 United States National Team Intl 17 2 3.15
1979–80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 1 60 2 0 2.00 .929
1979–80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00
1979–80 Tulsa Oilers CHL 1 0 1 0 59 6 0 6.10
1979–80 Baltimore Clippers EHL 4 219 19 0 5.21
1980–81 Fort Worth Texans CHL 6 0 6 0 357 26 0 4.37
1980–81 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 42 2196 130 0 3.55 3 104 7 0 4.04
1981–82 Colorado Rockies NHL 2 0 1 0 100 13 0 7.80 .857
1982–83 Wichita Wind CHL 35 13 18 1 1996 147 0 4.42
NHL totals 3 0 1 1 160 15 0 5.63 .874

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1982 United States WJC 3 180 17 0 5.56
Senior totals 3 180 17 0 5.56

Awards and achievementsEdit

Award Year
NCAA All-Tournament Team 1979 [2]
Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.- Born Rookie of the Year - IHL; shared with Mike Labianca) 1981

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/miracle-on-ice-team-where-are-they-now-1.9962759
  2. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack O'Callahan
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1979
Succeeded by
Doug Smail