By Mark Monroe
The Toledo Blade
TOLEDO, Ohio – When U.S. Olympic hero Mike Eruzione played for the Goaldiggers in the late 1970s, he said there was much discussion about the construction of a hockey facility to replace the antiquated Sports Arena.
Eruzione, who captained the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to an upset over an elite Soviet Union squad, returned to Toledo yesterday and saw the new Lucas County Arena for the first time.
“It doesn’t smell like the circus. I’m definitely in a different place,” said Eruzione, who dropped the ceremonial first puck before last night’s Walleye game. “It’s like night and day. It’s spectacular. It’s been a long time coming. Even when I played in Toledo they always kept saying there was going to be a new building. I never expected something like this. This is a great tribute to the people of Toledo to be able to put this together.”