Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Baker
Bill Baker played a key role in the United States surprising gold medal victory at the 1980 Olympics. He scored a last-second goal to tie Sweden in the tournaments first game and was a steady defender the rest of the way as the U.S. stunned the world and completed the Miracle on Ice.

Baker was accustomed to winning when he joined the U.S. national team for part of the 1979-80 season. His high school team in Grand Rapids captured the state championship in his senior year and he won two NCAA titles with the University of Minnesota, where he was a standout student as well as a West All-American.

Baker had short stays with four NHL teams over just three seasons, but one trade brought him closer to a prominent name from his past. The Colorado Rockies traded him to St. Louis in 1981 for Joe Michelleti and Dick Lamby. Michelleti had won the Minnesota high school title two years before Baker, was his teammate for two seasons at university and set the school record for defender scoring that Baker broke in his senior year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN
1973-74 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN
1975-76 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 8 15 23 28
1976-77 University of Minnesota WCHA 28 0 8 8 42
1977-78 University of Minnesota WCHA 38 10 23 33 24
1978-79 University of Minnesota WCHA 44 12 42 54 38
1978-79 United States WEC-A 7 2 1 3 2
1979-80 United States Nat-Tm 60 5 25 30 74
1979-80 United States Olympics 7 1 0 1 4
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 12 4 8 12 5 1 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 0 0 0 32 -1
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 18 5 12 17 42
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 13 0 3 3 12 0
1980-81 United States WEC-A 7 0 1 1 8
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 1 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 14 0 3 3 17 -13
1981-82 Fort Worth Texans CHL 10 3 12 15 20
1981-82 St. Louis Blues NHL 35 3 5 8 50 -8 4 0 0 0 0
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 14 18 64 -8 2 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 59 11 22 33 47
NHL Totals 143 7 25 32 175 6 0 0 0 0


WCHA First All-Star Team (1979)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1979)
Traded to Colorado by Montreal for Colorado's 3rd round choice (Daniel Letendre) in 1983 Entry Draft, March 10, 1981. Traded to St. Louis by Colorado for Joe Micheletti and Dick Lamby, December 4, 1981. Claimed by NY Rangers from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 4, 1982.