Do you Boo-lieve in miracles?
Anne Eichhorn does. The San Jose resident and dedicated Sharks fan celebrated the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” for her latest hockey-themed Halloween display.
“I remember watching, not the ‘Miracle on Ice’ game, but the gold medal game (against Finland) when I was growing up in Minnesota in our church’s basement,” Eichhorn told NHL.com. “It’s the 40-year anniversary of the game and we all love the movie ‘Miracle,’ so it just clicked.”
For the previous year’s displays, Eichhorn, a San Jose resident and dedicated Sharks fan, always made her favorite team a theme. Previous displays featured the Sharks vs. the Kings and the “Megalodons” vs. the Ducks. Last year, she designed a Martin Jones sitting on a hockey stick throne that was modeled after the Sharks “Game of Jones,” figure. The scene pitted her Megalodons against the rival Vegas Golden Knights.
Like everything else, this year’s idea just needed to reach a tipping point. For Eichhorn, that was when she found pads for the skeleton version of Team USA goalie Jim Craig on eBay.
Hardly a master seamstress, Eichhorn sewed all the jerseys herself.
“It was my first try. It went OK,” said Eichhorn, who works in finance by day. “My son (Tyler) was like ‘how come the jerseys are short sleeves?’ I just said it’s so we could see their bony arms.”
It was a lot of long nights and weekend work to make the Eichhorn’s display come to life.
“But, this year what else did we have to do?” she said.
The detailed display, which takes place on sprayed white grass for ice, features Michael Myers, Medusa and a witch as spectators as well as puppets for Ken Dryden and Al Michaels, who announced the “Miracle on Ice” game. A Pinhead mannequin, the villain from the “Hellraiser” movies, plays Team USA coach Herb Brooks.
The extra details, a scoreboard with a full display of a 4-3 USA victory and no time on the clock, a skeleton referee and beverage vendors in the crowd, have helped make the house a neighborhood attraction.
“I love seeing the reactions to it, especially from the kids,” Eichhorn said.
As detailed as it it, it may not be done yet. Her husband, John, is planning on adding a Mike Eruzione skeleton that may be able to slowly shoot candy down their driveway using a small motor.
“We’re going to be keeping it up for an extra week so our daughter (Jordan, away at her first year of college) can see it when she gets back home,” Eichhorn said. “Plus, I think, this year, we could all stand to believe in miracles.”