It seemed like a good idea at the time. And an honor.
Thirty years ago, the Hockey Hall of Fame asked Bill Christian, a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won a gold medal, if he'd be willing to let them display his jersey and the one his son Dave was wearing when the Miracle on Ice 1980 team brought home gold in Lake Placid twenty years later.
Earlier this year, Bill Christian says he wanted to make sure the jerseys stayed in the family. He made a call to Toronto but the response wasn't what he was expecting.
The Hall says the jerseys were a donation. It's what the confirmation they sent to Christian letter says, too. Not challenging that choice of words may have been an expensive mistake.
A court fight may now be brewing.
The Christians hail from Minnesota and WCCO tells the story: