Herb Brooks was bornon 5 August 1937 in Saint Paul, MN, US, American, is Ice Hockey Coach, Player. Herbert Paul Brooks Jr. was an American ice hockey player and coach. He started playing ice-hockey early, and made a mark at high school and university. As a player, he represented his country in two Olympics, but could not win a medal. He began to coach the University of Minnesota, and went on to revive their fortunes. He was hired as the coach of the US hockey team for the Olympics. He stressed on fitness, and motivated his players largely by using fear, that they forgot their collegiate rivalries, and found common enemy in their coach. When the winter games finally got underway, most analysts felt that if the US played to the best of their abilities, they could win a bronze medal. The team progressed well, and confronted the Russians in the medals round. It was the height of the Cold War between the super powers, with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan underway, and the US announcing the boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Moreover, the Soviets were considered the favorites. The American beat the Russian, and Brooks and his team were hailed as heroes. Brooks also coached an Olympic silver medal winning US team. After his death, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He died in a single car crash, near Forest Lake, Minnesota, on Interstate 35, on August 11, 2003
More than half of the players on the 1980 US Olympic “Miracle on Ice” men’s team were born in Minnesota, and coached by this Minnesota native
Brooks married Patti in 1965, and they had two children, Danny and Kelly
He continued playing with the University of Minnesota Gophers from 1955 to 1959
Herb Brooks was born on August 5, 1937 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Herbert Brooks, Sr
As part of the 25th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” celebration, the Olympic ice arena in Lake Placid, New York, where the United States won the gold medal, was renamed Herb Brooks Arena