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Dryden recalls career, 'Miracle on Ice'

Trivia question: Whose voice do you hear before and after Al Michaels' "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" call when the United States men's hockey team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics?

Stumped? Hint: He had retired from the Montreal Canadiens after winning his sixth Stanley Cup in 1979.

Answer: It was Ken Dryden.

Dryden was at Cornell, where he was a standout goalie from 1966-69. He had his No. 1 jersey retired prior to Friday's game between Union and the Big Red. Before the jersey was lifted to the Lynah Rink rafters, Dryden met with reporters to discuss the honor.

I had a chance to ask him a few questions, including one TV related. I asked him about his memory of that night.

"What I remember about is the puck was in the U.S. zone," Dryden said. "As soon as it was chipped out over the blue line with about five seconds to, then it was over."

Dryden then chuckled at about what he said when that happened.

"If you listen to the tape carefully, you'll hear this shadowy voice that says, 'It's over,'" Dryden said.

After Michael's classic call, you then hear Dryden say, "Unbelievable."

Dryden is still impressed with how Michael summed up the stunning upset.

"It's the people who are only the special announcers that realize the fact that a special game deserves a special call," Dryden said. "They kind of work on that. Al found the right words to say, with the right tone at the right moment."

Dryden also looked back at his college career and his coach, the late Ned Harkness. To see the interview, click here.

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