Jim Craig to be keynote speaker at 19th Annual Luncheon

The U.S. Hockey team’s Olympic win over the Soviet Union in 1980, has been called “the single most indelible moment in all of U.S. sports history,” by Sports Illustrated because it “sent an entire nation into frenzy.”


If that’s true, the single most indelible image from that amazing gold medal run was of goalie Jim Craig, draped in American flag, skating slowly along the Lake Placid rink, looking in the stands for his father.

Jim Craig has been called the backbone of the team that accomplished one of the most extraordinary victories of all time and LifePath is proud to have him as keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Benefit and Awards Luncheon on November 23, 2016 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Breinigsville.

Jim was an All-American goalie at Boston University whose team won 1978 NCAA championship squad, when he was selected as the starting goaltender for the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team.

At the Lake Placid games, he proved indispensable. In Team U.S.A.’s 4-3 upset of the Soviet Union, Craig saved 39 of 42 shots, showing tremendous athleticism and intuition. He made several next-to-impossible saves as the desperate Soviets attacked furiously in the final minutes of the game.

After upsetting the Soviets, Craig’s tremendous instincts held off Finland as Team USA won, 4-2, taking home Olympic gold. It was after that game he wrapped himself in the American flag and created the image for the ages.

Following the Olympic Games, Jim Craig was the starting goalie for the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and Minnesota North Stars of the NHL. While in net for the North Stars, Jim sustained a career ending injury.

For more than 30 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 500 organizations, including AbbVie, AFLAC, Bank of America, Bayer Corporation, Caterpillar, Conagra, Dell, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, GE Access, John Hancock, Kellogg's, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Ocean Spray, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Santander Bank, Walt Disney, Welch’s – and other companies that hold some of the world’s most recognized and respected brands.
 
Jim is the co-author of the highly acclaimed business book, Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From America's Miracle Team (2010, John Wiley & Sons); he wrote the forward for The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (2005, Crown Publishers), the New York Times bestseller written by Wayne Coffey.
 
Jim also has had acting roles in prime-time network TV sitcoms and in product TV commercials.  

Jim is enshrined in the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

To purchase your ticket to the LifePath luncheon, please call Annette Kaiser, Director of Development and Communications, at 484-893-5539 or click http://go.activecalendar.com/lifepath/event/2016-lifepath-and-picpa-annual-thanksgiving-luncheon/