NHL Backchecking: Bill Baker Continues Gold Medal Work on Patients

August 8th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »

Bill Baker is often known for his game-tying goal against Sweden in the opening game of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.; a game that helped propel Team USA to the medal round before their famous Miracle on Ice upset of the Soviet Union en route to the gold medal. His powerful one-timer from a Mark Pavelich pass tied the game 2-2.

However, the hands that were once used to handle a puck are now being put to use in the doctor’s office as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Baker, having played for Team USA coach Herb Brooks for the previous four years at the University of Minnesota, was not handed a roster spot on the Olympic team.

“Some of these (guys) were getting guarantees that they’d be on the team,” Baker said. “I had inquired about it because I had been accepted into dental scho ...

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