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Jim Craig

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5 out of 5

Gold Medal Olympian, Inspiration for Disney Film "Miracle," Entrepreneur, Sales & Marketing Executive

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Jim Craig Biography

Jim Craig was born on May 31, 1957 in North Easton, Massachusetts. Craig discovered his passion for hockey at the age of seven and trained tirelessly as a goaltender, often challenging neighborhood kids to shoot-outs. Craig’s success in high school and at Boston University, where he won a Division I National Championship and was named an NCAA All-American Goalie in 1979, earned him a spot as the leading goaltender on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

In what is voted by Sports Illustrated as greatest moment in sports history of the 21st century, Craig saved an incredible 36 out of 39 shots against his formidable Russian opponents, helping Team U.S.A. win what has become known as the “Miracle on Ice.” After a five-year professional career Craig sustained a career-ending injury while playing for the Minnesota North Stars, and he retired in 1984. Craig has since been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the Boston University Hall of Fame, and he is a co-recipient of both the Lester Patrick award and the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award. He is also a graduate of Boston University and earned his doctorate in humane letters from Mercy College.

Following Craig’s professional hockey career, he transitioned his success into the corporate world as a motivational speaker, powerful salesman and corporate consultant. Craig has been inducted into the Sales Halls of Fame for two different companies and has been selected four times as one of the top five speakers on team building in the United States. He is currently the President and Founder of his company, Gold Medal Strategies, through which he delivers motivational keynotes and hosts immersive corporate training programs that teach participants how to think differently and believe in their possibilities. He has authored two of his own books, serves as a board member of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and has been a Spokesman for the W.L. Gore Ultimate SAAAVE Campaign since 2007. Craig has a passion for leveraging his athletic and business success to help others achieve their full potential and lives in integrity with his mission every day.

Speaking Topics
  • Innovation and Strategic Change

    • Always be on the lookout and the hunt for better ways to do things
    • What tools and resources are available to help your team win?
    • How Coach Brooks, a supreme innovator and strategist, taught and mentored us to play a revolutionary type of hockey that would enable us to beat the mighty Soviet machine: a hybrid of the bruising and physical Canadian form of play and the speed, fluidity, and finesse of the Eastern European and Soviet game
    • When needed, abandoning the old, unsuccessful, yet comfortable, for the new and uncomfortable, yet what will eventually enable success

  • Identifying the Right People for the Right Position

    • As Coach Herb Brooks said when building the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team: "I'm not looking for the best players • I'm looking for the right ones."
    • Selecting the type of players so that the whole (team) is greater sum of the parts (employees, players)
    • Being on guard against prima donnas and disruptive influences
    • Finding your captain and team leader

  • Creating Great Groups

    • Instilling in people a sense of destiny and desire to accomplish greatness
    • Maintaining a competitive edge and a view that the team is an underappreciated underdog that will win, shock, and inspire

  • Self Reliance and Personal Responsibility

    • How do I strive for and achieve personal excellence?
    • How do I stay committed to my personal goals?
    • How do I condition myself to be professionally tough – better than my competitor?

  • Building a Winning Team and Corporate Culture

    • Recruiting and selecting the right players
    • Inspiring, guiding, and motivating team members to put "team" in front of individual interests
    • Managing and coaching team members to work efficiently and in synchronicity
    • Identifying "diamonds in the rough"

Videos
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Jim Craig Interview

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Jim Craig on Winning

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Books
Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From Americas Miracle Team

Gold Medal Strategies: Business Lessons From Americas Miracle Team

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Craig for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Craig, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Craig or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jim Craig?

    Speaking fees for Jim Craig, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Jim Craig charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Craig, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jim Craig?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Craig for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Craig for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Craig or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Craig or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Jim Craig

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5 out of 5

Gold Medal Olympian, Inspiration for Disney Film "Miracle," Entrepreneur, Sales & Marketing Executive

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Jim Craig Biography

Jim Craig was born on May 31, 1957 in North Easton, Massachusetts. Craig discovered his passion for hockey at the age of seven and trained tirelessly as a goaltender, often challenging neighborhood kids to shoot-outs. Craig’s success in high school and at Boston University, where he won a Division I National Championship and was named an NCAA All-American Goalie in 1979, earned him a spot as the leading goaltender on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

In what is voted by Sports Illustrated as greatest moment in sports history of the 21st century, Craig saved an incredible 36 out of 39 shots against his formidable Russian opponents, helping Team U.S.A. win what has become known as the “Miracle on Ice.” After a five-year professional career Craig sustained a career-ending injury while playing for the Minnesota North Stars, and he retired in 1984. Craig has since been inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, the Boston University Hall of Fame, and he is a co-recipient of both the Lester Patrick award and the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award. He is also a graduate of Boston University and earned his doctorate in humane letters from Mercy College.

Following Craig’s professional hockey career, he transitioned his success into the corporate world as a motivational speaker, powerful salesman and corporate consultant. Craig has been inducted into the Sales Halls of Fame for two different companies and has been selected four times as one of the top five speakers on team building in the United States. He is currently the President and Founder of his company, Gold Medal Strategies, through which he delivers motivational keynotes and hosts immersive corporate training programs that teach participants how to think differently and believe in their possibilities. He has authored two of his own books, serves as a board member of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and has been a Spokesman for the W.L. Gore Ultimate SAAAVE Campaign since 2007. Craig has a passion for leveraging his athletic and business success to help others achieve their full potential and lives in integrity with his mission every day.

Jim Craig Speaking Topics

  • Innovation and Strategic Change

    • Always be on the lookout and the hunt for better ways to do things
    • What tools and resources are available to help your team win?
    • How Coach Brooks, a supreme innovator and strategist, taught and mentored us to play a revolutionary type of hockey that would enable us to beat the mighty Soviet machine: a hybrid of the bruising and physical Canadian form of play and the speed, fluidity, and finesse of the Eastern European and Soviet game
    • When needed, abandoning the old, unsuccessful, yet comfortable, for the new and uncomfortable, yet what will eventually enable success

  • Identifying the Right People for the Right Position

    • As Coach Herb Brooks said when building the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team: "I'm not looking for the best players • I'm looking for the right ones."
    • Selecting the type of players so that the whole (team) is greater sum of the parts (employees, players)
    • Being on guard against prima donnas and disruptive influences
    • Finding your captain and team leader

  • Creating Great Groups

    • Instilling in people a sense of destiny and desire to accomplish greatness
    • Maintaining a competitive edge and a view that the team is an underappreciated underdog that will win, shock, and inspire

  • Self Reliance and Personal Responsibility

    • How do I strive for and achieve personal excellence?
    • How do I stay committed to my personal goals?
    • How do I condition myself to be professionally tough – better than my competitor?

  • Building a Winning Team and Corporate Culture

    • Recruiting and selecting the right players
    • Inspiring, guiding, and motivating team members to put "team" in front of individual interests
    • Managing and coaching team members to work efficiently and in synchronicity
    • Identifying "diamonds in the rough"

Jim Craig Videos

  • Al Michaels & Jim Craig Talk 'Miracle on Ice' Anniversary
    Hall of Fame announcer Al Michaels and the goalie of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Hockey team Jim Craig join Rich Eisen on the anniversary of the...
  • Jim Craig Interview
    Jim Craig, the goalie for the 1980 Olympic team, spoke of the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice."
  • Massachusetts native Jim Craig reflects on leading US to Olympic gold
    Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the American victory that secured the gold medal in hockey at the Lake Placid Winter Games.

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  • How to book Jim Craig?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Craig for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Craig, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Craig or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Craig?

    Speaking fees for Jim Craig, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Jim Craig charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Craig, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jim Craig?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Craig for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Craig for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Craig or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Craig or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jim Craig is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Innovation and Strategic Change, Identifying the Right People for the Right Position, Creating Great Groups, Self Reliance and Personal Responsibility and Building a Winning Team and Corporate Culture. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Craig for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Jim Craig generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Eric Boles, Joe Theismann, Rudy Ruettiger, Inky Johnson and J.R. Martinez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Craig for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jim Craig Speaking Topics

  • Innovation and Strategic Change

    • Always be on the lookout and the hunt for better ways to do things
    • What tools and resources are available to help your team win?
    • How Coach Brooks, a supreme innovator and strategist, taught and mentored us to play a revolutionary type of hockey that would enable us to beat the mighty Soviet machine: a hybrid of the bruising and physical Canadian form of play and the speed, fluidity, and finesse of the Eastern European and Soviet game
    • When needed, abandoning the old, unsuccessful, yet comfortable, for the new and uncomfortable, yet what will eventually enable success

  • Identifying the Right People for the Right Position

    • As Coach Herb Brooks said when building the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team: "I'm not looking for the best players • I'm looking for the right ones."
    • Selecting the type of players so that the whole (team) is greater sum of the parts (employees, players)
    • Being on guard against prima donnas and disruptive influences
    • Finding your captain and team leader

  • Creating Great Groups

    • Instilling in people a sense of destiny and desire to accomplish greatness
    • Maintaining a competitive edge and a view that the team is an underappreciated underdog that will win, shock, and inspire

  • Self Reliance and Personal Responsibility

    • How do I strive for and achieve personal excellence?
    • How do I stay committed to my personal goals?
    • How do I condition myself to be professionally tough – better than my competitor?

  • Building a Winning Team and Corporate Culture

    • Recruiting and selecting the right players
    • Inspiring, guiding, and motivating team members to put "team" in front of individual interests
    • Managing and coaching team members to work efficiently and in synchronicity
    • Identifying "diamonds in the rough"

Jim Craig Speaker Videos

  • Al Michaels & Jim Craig Talk 'Miracle on Ice' Anniversary
    Hall of Fame announcer Al Michaels and the goalie of the 1980 gold medal-winning US Hockey team Jim Craig join Rich Eisen on the anniversary of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ and say why the USA’s...
    Jim Craig Interview
    Jim Craig, the goalie for the 1980 Olympic team, spoke of the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice."
  • Massachusetts native Jim Craig reflects on leading US to Olympic gold
    Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the American victory that secured the gold medal in hockey at the Lake Placid Winter Games.
    Jim Craig - Gold Medal Strategies
    Gold Medal Training is a full service training division of Jim Craig’s Gold Medal Strategies. Jim Craig and his facilitators at Gold Medal Training are available for half day and full day training...
  • Jim Craig on Winning
    JIM CRAIG has been called the backbone of a team that accomplished one of the most extraordinary and memorable sports victories of all time. Jim Craig served as the goalie that led the 1980 United...
    Jim Craig Channel 30 Motivational Speaker Keynote Samples
    Jim Craig, motivational speaker and goalie for the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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