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Born January 23, 1958 (1958-01-23) (age 51),
Springfield, IL, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Pro clubs Minnesota North Stars
Calgary Flames
Los Angeles Kings
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 24th overall, 1978
Minnesota North Stars
Career 1979 – 1984
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Team

Steve Christoff (born January 23, 1958 in Springfield, Illinois) is a retired American professional ice hockey forward who played 248 regular season games in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames, and Los Angeles Kings in 1980–84.

Christoff is best known for being a member of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal.

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Biography

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Amateur career

Before turning professional, Christoff attended the University of Minnesota where he played for the Minnesota Gophers for three seasons in 1976–79. He made his international debut for Team USA at the 1979 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament in Moscow.

Professional career

Christoff was selected 24th overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. He joined the North Stars for 20 games after the Olympics, scoring eight goals and 15 points. The next year, he suited up for 56 games, netting 26 goals and 39 points and was one of the Stars best performers as Minnesota lost the 1981 Stanley Cup finals to the New York Islanders. He also participated in the 1981 Canada Cup tournament as a member of Team USA. In 1981–82, Christoff appeared in 69 games, scoring 26 goals and 55 points, a career high. Although he was an extremely popular figure in Minnesota, Christoff was traded to the Calgary Flames for the 1982–83 season, but he was used in just 45 games, scoring nine goals and 17 points. In 1983–84, Christoff played his final season in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings, starting 58 games.

Post career

Christoff works as a pilot on commuter flights for Minnesota-based Mesaba Airlines since retiring from hockey. He was named one of the 50 greatest players in University of Minnesota hockey history as part of "Legends on Ice" tribute in 2001.

In popular culture

In the 1981 TV movie about the gold medal-winning hockey team entitled Miracle on Ice, Christoff's character is played by Rick Rockwell, but is not listed in the film's credits.

Scott Johnson portrayed Christoff in the 2004 Disney film Miracle.

Awards and achievements

  • WCHA Second All-Star Team (1978)
  • NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1979)

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