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11-01-2009, 06:49 PM
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With our 19th selection, the 604th selection, the Detroit Falcons are extremely please to select our coach, Monsieur Herbert Paul Brooks

''When you pull on that jersey, the name on the front is a hell of alot more important than the one on the back.'' - Herb Brooks

Nickname: Herb
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 175 lbs
Position: Coach
Date of Birth: August 05, 1937
Place of Birth: St. Paul, United States
Date of Death: August 11, 2003 (Age: 66)

NCAA National Championships (1974, 1976, 1979)
WCHA championships (1974, 1975)
WCHA Coach of the Year (1974)
Olympics Gold Medalist (1980)
Lester Patrick Trophy (1980, 2002)
Sporting News' Coach of the Year (1982)
Olympics Silver Medalist (2002)
United States Hockey Hall of Fame (1990)
International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame (1999)
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2006)

1972-1979Minnesota Golden GophersNCAA17510120
1980USA Olympic Men's TeamIIHF   
1980-1981HC DavosSwiss-A11161
1981-1985New York RangersNHL13111341
1986-1987St-Cloud State HuskiesNCAA25101
1987-1988Minnesota North StarsNHL194913
1991-92Utica DevilsAHL34406
1992-93New Jersey DevilsNHL40377
1998France Olympic Men's TeamIIHF   
1999-2000Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL29245
2002USA Olympic Men's TeamIIHF   
1972-2002TOTAL 41234784

- Between 1955 and 1959, Brooks played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
- As a player, Herb was a member of the United States National Team during two Olympic Games, and participated in five World Championships
- Brooks earned renown for reaching the 100-win plateau faster than any previous Rangers coach
- In 1987, Herb became the first Minnesota native to coach the Minnesota North Stars
- Brooks tragically died in a car accident in Forest Lake, Minnesota on August 11, 2003

Originally Posted by HHOF
Herb Brooks was a consummate teacher, an unparalleled motivator and an unquestioned innovator.

Although much is made of the significant contributions made by Herb Brooks to the 1980 US Olympic gold medal 'Miracle on Ice,' it overshadows the remainder of a remarkable career for this life-long hockey coach.

- ''We went to the finals four of my seven years there, and we made a great run of it. I think I put a lot of pressure on the players, and I had a lot of expectations of them. I didnít give them an 'out,' and I think I was always able to find the kids who were really competitive. The common denominator of all the guys who played throughout my seven years was that they were really competitive, very hungry, very focused, and mentally tough, to go along with whatever talent they had. I think that really carried us.'' - Herb Brooks, on his NCAA days

- ''"They were really mentally tough and goal-oriented. They came from all different walks of life, many having competed against one another, but they came together and grew to be a real close team. I pushed this team really hard, I mean I really pushed them! But they had the ability to answer the bell. Our style of play was probably different than anything in North America. We adopted more of a hybrid style of play, a bit of the Canadian school and a little bit of the European school. The players took to it like ducks to water, and they really had a lot of fun playing it. We were a fast, creative team that played extremely disciplined without the puck. Throughout the Olympics, they had a great resiliency about them. I mean they came from behind six or seven times to win. They just kept on moving and working and digging. I think we were as good a conditioned team as there was in the world, outside maybe the Soviet Union. We got hot and lucky at the right times, and it was just an incredible experience for all of us." - Herb Brooks, about his 1980 Olympics Team

- ''He truly was part of our American hockey heritage.'' - Tom Sersha, executive director at the Hall of Fame


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