Herb Brooks

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Herb Brooks
Class of 1991
Hockey: 1957-59
Hockey Coach: 1972-79

Herb Brooks came to the U of M in 1956 via St. Paul Johnson High School. As a Gopher, Brooks was a goal scorer and was known for his speed and intensity. Brooks then went on to play on two Olympic and five U.S. National teams over the next decade before coming home to take over as the head coach of the Golden Gophers in 1972. The team was in last place in the WCHA at the time he took over, but in just two years he would produce the University's first NCAA Hockey National Championship. Two National Championships later, Brooks had created a dynasty - and more importantly, he did it all with Minnesota kids. He would ultimately produce a 167-97-18 record at Minnesota. Then, in 1980 he fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the coach of the Olympic team. The historic Gold Medal "Miracle on Ice" which would later be named as the "Sports Achievement of the 21st Century." Brooks' coaching success continued into the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, where he was named NHL Coach of the Year in 1982. In 1987, Brooks accepted the head coaching position at St. Cloud State University before taking over as the coach of the Minnesota North Stars for one season. In the early 1990s he got the coaching bug again, eventually becoming the head coach of the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. He even led the French Olympic team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. He then came full circle in 2002 when he guided the U.S. Olympic team to a silver medal at the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Among his many honors, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Award in 2002; was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990; and the Hockey Fall of Fame in Toronto in 2006.

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