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Stampede Olympic Connection to "Miracle on Ice."

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The game, the call, the victory, it has become a legend within American Sports.

Team USA's victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic Semi-final game even spawned a movie that nearly every young hockey player has seen, Miracle.

"I grew up watching it literally every night," Louis Nanne said. "Not only USA, but family members and all that."

Stampede forward Louis Nanne's connection to the 1980's Olympic hockey team and the movie goes beyond the ice and the silver screen. Louis' grandfather, Lou was portrayed in the film and was an integral part in forming the team.

"Just having the Nanne name in general is a blessing a curse," Louis said. "You know with the "Miracle on Ice" they kind of fabricated my grandpa. I know he didn't quite say those things about (Mike) Eruzione, but it is a movie, so it's nice."

Coming from a long lineage of hockey blood has been tough of Louie, who was always compared to his father and grandfather.

"Growing up in high school hockey that was the worst years of my life from the pressure stand point." Said Louis. "Last year I went to the British Columbia to play, and I found my self, and have been better ever since" 

Now Louie finds himself in Sioux Falls suiting up for the ‘Herd and forming his own path. Even if that means not attending the college his father and grandfather both played for.

"We got a real tight nit family, and they supported me a 100 percent when I decommitted from the (University of Minnesota)," Mentioned Louis.  "It was a spur of the moment, and they were elated that I was going to do my own thing 

Louie is going to do his own thing, even if that means stepping away from the game of hockey after college, but with the last name Nanne, you have to expect that's easier said then done.

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