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Youth hockey team draws inspiration from 'Miracle on Ice'

The New England Knights youth hockey team of Raynham played on the same rink in Lake Placid, N.Y., that saw "The Miracle on Ice" in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. (WJAR)

Some consider this sheet of ice sacred.

"Oh, it's awesome. I've coached youth hockey for 19 years and for tournaments, this is where you want to be," said Chip Cote, coach of the New England Knights of Raynham, Massachusetts.

Herb Brooks Arena was the site of the 1980 Olympic men's hockey tournament known for "The Miracle on Ice."

"The history. The kids just love it," Cote said.

"Really, the best team ever in hockey got to play here and win against one of the best teams in hockey and another team," said team captain Anthony Mussari. "It's really special."

These young players draw inspiration and energy from the way the U.S. men's team played here against the Soviet Union in the semifinal round 38 years ago on its way to a gold medal.

"Don't get overwhelmed out there because when you get out there and you look around at this place it's huge," Cote tells his team.

The New England Knights took this game, and just weeks before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, they're gold medal winners as well.

"Fifteen years from now they'll still talk about this tournament," Cote said.

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