Herb Brooks Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

Go Gophers!
Go Gophers!

Go Gophers!

Legendary coach Herb Brooks has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category as announced Wednesday by Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Also elected to the Hall were Terrance 'Dick' Duff and Patrick Roy in the Player Category, and NHL Chairman of the Board Harley Hotchkiss in the Builder Category. Brooks became the second Golden Gopher to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Former Maroon and Gold player and coach John Mariucci was elected to the Hall in the Builder Category in 1985.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four outstanding individuals as Honored Members," Gregory said. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

A three-time letterwinner at Minnesota from 1956-59, Brooks played on the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic teams before being named head coach of the Golden Gophers in 1972. In his seven-year tenure at Minnesota, Brooks led the Golden Gophers to three NCAA Championships in 1974, ’76 and ’79.He would later lead the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team to the gold medal against Finland after defeating the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the legendary “Miracle on Ice” game in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Brooks, a native of Shoreview, Minn., would go on to coach in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers (1981-85), Minnesota North Stars (1987-88), New Jersey Devils (1992-93) and Pittsburgh Penguins (1999-2000). In 2002, Brooks led the United States Olympic hockey team to a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brooks was elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1999 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Brooks died tragically in a single car accident on August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minn. He was 66.

"I was not anticipating this honor," said his wife, Patti Brooks. "Our family has been overwhelmed with the recognition that Herb has received and we are very proud of his accomplishments. I can't wait to tell my kids."

Herbert Paul 'Herb' Brooks
• born August 5, 1937 in St. Paul, Minnesota
• died in single car accident August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minn.
• played for University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1955 to 1959
• member of U.S. National Team during two Olympic Games
• member of U.S. National Team during five World Championships
• captured bronze medal at 1962 'A' Pool World Championship
• first coach of the Minnesota Junior Stars in new Minnesota/Ontario Junior 'A' League
• head coach of Golden Gophers for seven seasons, 1972 to 1979
• captured two consecutive WCHA Championships (1974, 1975)
• won three NCAA Division I National Championships (1974, 1976, 1979)
• finished with a record of 175 wins, 10l losses and 20 ties for a .636 winning percentage
• 8-1 record in NCAA Tournament play is best all-time winning percentage
• named WCHA Coach of the Year in 1973-74
• coached Team USA at 1979 World Championship
• general manager/head coach of gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team at 1980 Winter Olympics
• coached France at 1998 Olympics
• coached Team USA to silver medal at 2002 Olympics
• after 1980 Olympics, coached Davos of Swiss League for one year
• head coach of New York Rangers from 1981-85
• reached 100-win plateau faster than any prior Rangers coach
• coached 1985-86 at St. Cloud State University in NCAA Division III
• head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88; first Minnesota native to coach the team
• became head coach of AHL's Utica Devils in 1991-92
• joined New Jersey Devils as head coach in 1992-93
• head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1999-00 season
• after one season, named Penguins' Director of Player Development
• regular season NHL coaching record of 219 wins, 221 losses and 66 ties
• NHL playoff coaching record of 19 wins and 21 losses
• named NHL Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981-82
• inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990
• inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame in 1999
• inducted into U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005
• awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1980 (member of USA Olympic Team) and 2002 (individual achievements)