Minnesota native who made acting debut in 'Miracle' dies in Montana crash


A Bloomington, Minnesota, native who played a hockey player on Team USA in the movie "Miracle" died in a car crash over the weekend.

Joseph Cure, 32, was in a vehicle that spun off the left side of U.S. Highway 287 in southwestern Montana Sunday morning and rolled several times, the Montana Standard reports.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger was flown to a local hospital; her condition is not known, the paper says.

Investigators say road conditions were icy at the time of the crash, The Associated Press notes.

Cure, who played Mike Ramsey in the 2004 Disney hit about Team USA's victory over Russia in 1980, told Let's Play Hockey in 2014 that starring in "Miracle" was a "bonus" to his hockey career, which began in Bloomington when he was 5-years-old.

His hockey career, which included winning the 2002 Class AA state hockey tournament with the Academy of Holy Angels, led him to play junior hockey in Texas before he auditioned for the film as a skater, the Star Tribune says.

With no acting experience, Cure got a part in the film, Baylor University explains in a story about his road to Hollywood.

You may remember Cure from the scene where coach Herb Brooks burst into Team USA's locker room in between periods of a preliminary game at the Lake Placid Olympics and said, "This is unbelievable. You guys are playing like this is some throwaway game up in Rochester. Who we playing, Rammer?"

Cure, playing Ramsey, responded: "Sweden."


It was his most memorable line – and the movie's shortest, the Star Tribune says.

According to IMDB, Cure said filming the movie was: "A once-in-a-lifetime experience, and then they yell, 'Cut!' They got out the champagne and cigars, the crowd was cheering. Then it slowly sunk in: That was it. I was the last one off the ice, though. They had to kick me off."

His obituary, which was published in the Star Tribune Tuesday, says he "had an enormous heart and will be tremendously missed" by family and friends.

Funeral details are pending.

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