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 Herb Brooks

Herb Brooks

Original Name Herbert Paul
Birth
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 11 Aug 2003 (aged 66)
Forest Lake, Washington County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Roseville, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section: 6A x 141 7
Memorial ID 7753679 · View Source
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Hockey Coach and Pioneer: Born in St. Paul, Brooks played hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he later coached from 1972-79, winning three national titles and left with a 167-99-18 to lead the national team. As coach of the 1980 Olympic team hockey, he led them to the "Miracle On Ice Gold Medal Victory" with a win over the highly rated Soviet Union. The gold medal, which was won in Lake Placid, New York, was maybe the most famous moment in Olympic history. He returned to lead the 2002 US Olympic hockey team to a silver medal. In the famous U.S.-Soviet Union hockey semifinal matchup, Brooks told his players: "You're meant to be here. This moment is yours. You're meant to be here at this time." The U.S. team won 4-3 in a game often referred to as one of the greatest sports moments of the century. The Americans went on to down Finland in the final. Brooks was the last player cut on the 1960 U.S. gold medal teams, but made it onto the 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams. Last season, Brooks was the director of player development for Pittsburgh Penguins. He rejected a multimillion dollar offer to coach the New York Rangers last summer, saying he didn't want to be away from his wife and family in Minnesota. For that reason, the Penguins couldn't persuade Brooks to return after he was their interim coach during the 1999-2000 season. Brooks replaced Kevin Constantine in December 1999 and led the Penguins into the second round of the playoffs. He had an NHL career coaching record of 219-221-66-2, including a 29-23-5-2 record with Pittsburgh. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990. He was killed when a single vehicle rolled over at an intersection on a highway north of Minneapolis. During his NHL Coaching Career he coached the Minnesota North Stars (1997-98), the New Jersey Devils (1992-93) and New York Rangers (1981-85), where he reached the 100-victory mark faster than any other coach in franchise history. The Ranger teams he coached were built on speed and stick handling ability. Unfortunately, his Ranger teams were never able to get passed a New York Islanders team that was in the process of winning 4 straight Stanley Cups. Still, he was an innovator, teacher and friend to all of Hockey. On his death, Ken Morrow, a member of those Islander teams and a member of the 1980 Olympic team said, "It seems like all the great innovators die young. Coach may have been the greatest innovator the sport has ever had."

Bio by: Frank Russo


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HUSBAND AND FATHER
HERBERT PAUL BROOKS
1937-2003


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Fan of the Site
  • Added: 11 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7753679
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herb Brooks (5 Aug 1937–11 Aug 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7753679, citing Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .