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Herb Brooks

Full name: Herbert Paul "Herb" Brooks
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: August 5, 1937 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 11, 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Saint Paul (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Ice Hockey

Related Olympians: Brother of Dave Brooks.

Other SR Links: Coaching at Hockey-Reference.com

Biography

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Herb Brooks was the last player cut from the 1960 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, which went on to win the gold medal. Brooks thus did not get his gold medal and 20 years later, as the coach of the American "Miracle on Ice," he would again be denied that honor because the coaches do not receive medals. But Brooks certainly gained a measure of pride in leading the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team to the Olympic gold medal.

Herb Brooks was small at 5-11 (1.80) and 168 lbs. (76 kg.), but played hockey for four years at Minnesota. Although cut from the 1960 Olympic team, he played on both the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic teams, but neither team won a medal. Brooks also represented the United States four other times in international competition.

Brooks became the coach at his alma mater in the early 70s and led the Minnesota hockey powerhouse to several NCAA championships. After his Olympic success, he was courted by several NHL clubs but turned them all down to coach with a Swiss team in a European league. But Brooks later returned to the United States to coach in the NHL, first with the New York Rangers. Brooks’ NHL coaching career never achieved the height expected of him. He later worked in various administrative jobs for NHL teams. He was team manager of the French hockey team at the 1998 Olympics, and in 2002, returned as the U.S. Olympic coach, leading them to a silver medal. In 2004, a movie of the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team, Miracle, was made. Brooks served as a consultant during the filming of the movie, but tragically was killed in an automobile accident shortly before its premier.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey United States USA 5
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey United States USA 6

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Standings 5 1964-01-27 1 2 6
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #1 2 1964-01-29 URS 5, USA 1 0 0 2
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #6 1 1964-01-31 USA 8, GER 0 0 0 2
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #10 2 1964-02-01 SWE 7, USA 4 0 0 0
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #13 2 1964-02-03 CAN 8, USA 6 0 0 0
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #22 2 1964-02-07 FIN 3, USA 2 0 0 0
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #26 1 1964-02-08 USA 7, SUI 3 1 1 0
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Ice Hockey United States USA Qualifying Round Match #6 1 1964-01-28 USA 7, ROU 2 0 1
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Standings 6 1968-02-04 0 2 2
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #1 2 1968-02-06 TCH 5, USA 1 0 0 0
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #4 2 1968-02-07 SWE 4, USA 3 0 0 0
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #10 2 1968-02-09 URS 10, USA 2 0 0 0
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #13 2 1968-02-11 CAN 3, USA 2 0 0 0
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #17 1 1968-02-12 USA 8, FRG 1 0 0 2
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #21 1 1968-02-15 USA 6, GDR 4 0 2 0
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Ice Hockey United States USA Final Round Match #26 1T 1968-02-17 USA 1, FIN 1 0 0 0
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