Herb Brooks

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Brooks coached the New York Rangers (1983)

Herbert Paul "Herb" Brooks Jr. (born August 5, 1937 in St. Paul , Minnesota , † August 11, 2003 in Minneapolis ) was an American ice hockey player and coach .

Career as a coach

He celebrated his greatest success in 1980 at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid . First he won the medal round with his team on February 22nd against the favorites from the Soviet Union 4: 3, this game went down in history as " Miracle on Ice " and then the last game against Finland with 4: 2 and won the Olympic gold medal.

In the 1970s he was a coach at the University of Minnesota and won three National Championships (1974, 1976 and 1979) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) title once (1975). A year after the triumphant victory at the Olympic Games, the American also tried his hand at coaching HC Davos . After a turbulent winter in the Swiss mountains, Brooks returned to his homeland. In the NHL , he coached the New York Rangers (1981–1985), the Minnesota North Stars (1987–1988), the New Jersey Devils (1992–1993) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1999–2000).

In 1998 he coached the French national ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics. In 2002 he succeeded in returning when he won the Olympic silver medal with the US national ice hockey team in Salt Lake City .

Herb Brooks lost control of his minivan on a highway in northern Minneapolis on August 11, 2003 , while it was believed to be unbuckled. He was found dead about 35 meters from his car. Herb Brooks left behind his wife and two children.

For the 25th anniversary of winning gold medals in 1980, the Olympic Center Ice Rink in Lake Placid was renamed Herb Brooks Arena . In April 2013, the St. Cloud State Huskies home ground , originally the National Hockey Center , was renamed the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center .

In 1990 Herb Brooks was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame , in 1999 into the IIHF Hall of Fame and in 2006 posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame .

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