Herb Brooks Biography
(Ice Hockey Coach, Player)
Birthday: August 5, 1937 (Leo)
Born In: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Herbert Paul Brooks Jr. was an American ice hockey player and coach. He started playing ice-hockey early, and made a mark at high school and university. As a player, he represented his country in two Olympics, but could not win a medal. He began to coach the University of Minnesota, and went on to revive their fortunes. He was hired as the coach of the US hockey team for the Olympics. He stressed on fitness, and motivated his players largely by using fear, that they forgot their collegiate rivalries, and found common enemy in their coach. When the winter games finally got underway, most analysts felt that if the US played to the best of their abilities, they could win a bronze medal. The team progressed well, and confronted the Russians in the medals round. It was the height of the Cold War between the super powers, with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan underway, and the US announcing the boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Moreover, the Soviets were considered the favorites. The American beat the Russian, and Brooks and his team were hailed as heroes. Brooks also coached an Olympic silver medal winning US team. After his death, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.