It is no exaggeration to say that the repercussions of that tournament were still felt 20 years later, when the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team galvanized the nation by duplicating the feat. The connections between those two teams were strong. The coach in 1980, Herb Brooks, had been the last man cut from the 1960 squad. Brooks asked Billy Geary to address the '80 team before its epic game against the Soviets. Among the players listening was Dave Christian, the oldest son of Billy Christian. Geary's message? You will beat them because we beat them and you're a better team than we were.
Maybe, maybe not. But the most important message Geary and his teammates sent had been delivered 20 years earlier.