- John Harrington (ice hockey)
John Harrington was a stand-out high school hockey athlete for
Virginia High Schoolin Minnesota's hockey-rich Iron Range under head coach Dave Hendrickson.
After Harrington's senior season at Virginia,
University of Minnesota Duluth(UMD) assistant head coach Mike Sertich urged Harrington to try out for the hockey team. With Sertich's backing, Harrington won a walk-on spot on UMD's roster. He lettered for four seasons at UMD from 1975-79.
Following his collegiate playing career, Harrington was invited to try out for the 1979-80 US National team coached by the Minnesota Golden Gophers'
Herb Brooks. Harrington made every cut and was placed on the Olympic roster for the 1980 Lake Placid games. The team went on to defeat the highly favored Soviet Union 4-3 in the first game of the Medal Round in an event named the “ Miracle on Ice.” The team defeated Finland 4-2 two days later to capture the Gold Medal for the US. Harrington is credited with an assist on Mike Eruzione's go-ahead game-winning goal against the USSR.
Undrafted by the NHL, Harrington had a try-out with the
Buffalo Sabresfollowing the Olympics. The Sabres immediately assigned him to the Rochester Americansof the AHL, where he scored seven points in twelve games despite being a marked man. "Some Canadian-born kids resent the fact that the Americans did so well in the Olympics and they're a bit jealous of them," claimed Buffalo defenseman Jim Playfair. In one game Harrington was struck in the face and needed six stitches to close a bloody gash on his chin. In another game against the Hershey BearsHarrington was attacked from behind by Lou Franceschettiand knocked unconscious for five minutes, laying in a pool of blood on the ice. He had to spend the night in hospital with a concussion, fractured jaw, broken nose and four loosened teeth. Franceshetti was not penalized, insisting it was a "clean" check. "My shoulder just connected with the back of his neck." "If it was a clean check, how did I get it in the back of my head?" asked Harrington. "Laying in my hospital bed, I had all sorts of mixed emotions, especially when my teeth ached and my heart throbbed. I kept thinking of the cleaner game in Europe, that I could have gone to Switzerland to play hockey. Something like this can't help but discourage you. But this is the way it is in the pros and I'll make it one way or the other ... even if I have to face a few goofballs."
Harrington played the 1980-81 season for Lugano in the Swiss league before returning to the US to play with the US National team from 1981-83 on a full time basis. He was a member of the United States team at the 1981, 1982 and 1983
Ice Hockey World Championshiptournaments. Between brief stints in the Central Hockey League, Harrington rejoined the Olympic hockey team for the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Following 1984, Harrington retired from playing and rejoined his college roots as an assistant coach under former
Montreal Canadiensstar Ralph Backstromat the University of Denver. The highlight of Harrington's time at Denver was 1985-86 when Denver won a school record 34 games and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four. In 1990 Harrington returned to Minnesota as an assistant coach for St. Cloud State University.
From 1993-2008, Harrington was the head hockey coach at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Harrington turned around a listless program at Saint John's. By his fourth season he had guided SJU to a school-record 26-6-1 mark, the school's first conference championship since 1950, the school's first conference playoff championship, the school's first NCAA tournament berth and an NCAA third place victory. In 15 seasons at Saint John's he has a career record of 241-142-31 (.620). He has won five MIAC titles, four MIAC playoff championships and has advanced to the NCAA tournament five times. Harrington is the school leader in career wins. In addition to his coaching duties, Harrington was the assistant athletic director at Saint John's.
It was announced on
March 31, 2008that Harrington would step down as head coach at Saint John's to become head coach for HC Ambri-Piottaof the Swiss National League.
In The Movies
As part of the 1980 Olympic team, Harrington has been portrayed in movies twice with the most recent being
Disney's 2004 release "Miracle". Harrington is portrayed by [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1320801/ Nate Miller] , who played hockey at the University of Minnesota from 1997-2000. The movie is famous for a scene where the fictional Harrington fails to score on a breakaway against the USSR—a breakaway that never occurred for the real Harrington.
Prior to "Miracle", Harrington was portrayed by Bill Schriner in the 1981 made-for-tv movie "Miracle on Ice".
John is married and has three children. He is the father of Chris Harrington, team captain and four-year letter winner on the Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey team from 2002-06 and currently a
DEG Metro Starsdefenseman.
Among family, friends and those who knew him in his high school and college playing days, John is known almost exclusively as "Bah" Harrington. He earned the nickname from his older brother who was barely a year old when John was born. The brother couldn't phonate the word baby and instead referred to his new sibling as "bah." The name stuck. The rest of his siblings have nicknames, including "TP" and the lovely "Mugsy."
External links / References
* [http://www.gojohnnies.com/hockey/har.htm SJU Hockey Coach John Harrington — SJU Hockey — CSB/SJU]
* The Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey by Zander Hollander, 1981 Season, Signet books 1980
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