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Born November 29, 1956 (1956-11-29) (age 53),
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Colorado Rockies
St. Louis Blues
New York Rangers
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 54th overall, 1976
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 49th overall, 1973
New England Whalers
Career 1979 – 1984
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Team

William Robert Baker (born November 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 143 regular season games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers between 1980 and 1983.

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Playing career

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College career

Bill Baker attended the University of Minnesota and was originally selected 54th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. Baker is best known for being a member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal in Lake Placid, NY. Specifically, he is forever remembered for scoring the tying goal as the extra skater forcing a 2–2 tie with Sweden in the opening game. This tie allowed the team to eventually advance to the medal round. Baker's jersey from the famed "Miracle On Ice" is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., U.S. along with a stick autographed by all the members of the team.

Professional career

He joined the Canadiens after the Olympics, and was later traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1981. He also played for Team USA at the 1981 Ice Hockey World Championship and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments. Colorado later traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Joe Micheletti and Dick Lamby. Baker spent the full 1982–83 season with the New York Rangers before retiring from pro hockey.

Post career

Baker currently resides in Brainerd, Minnesota where he works as an oral surgeon and maxillofacial specialist.

Awards and achievements

  • WCHA All-Star First Team: 1978–79 (Minnesota)
  • NCAA West All-America First Team: 1978–79 (Minnesota)

International play

  • 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY
  • Ice Hockey World Championships, 1979 and 1981
  • 1981 Canada Cup

In popular culture

In a 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning hockey team entitled Miracle on Ice, Baker is played by David Wallace.

In the 2004 Disney film Miracle, he is portrayed by Nick Postle.

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