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Herb Brooks

Born on August 5, 1937 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Herb Brooks directed one of the greatest achievements in the history of USA Hockey when he led Team USA to the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Following that 1980 Olympic tournament, and a brief stint coaching in Davos, Switzerland in 1980 to 1981, Brooks moved on to the NHL. He served as head coach for three teams during a 12 year span, which included the New York Rangers, the Minnesota North Stars and the New Jersey Devils. After several seasons away from the bench, Brooks returned to the NHL coaching ranks, taking over the Pittsburgh Penguins head coaching duties midway through the 1999-2000 season. Earlier, Brooks had established himself as one of the top collegiate coaches in America. He guided the University of Minnesota from 1972 to 1979, leading the Golden Gophers to NCAA Championships in 1974, 1976 and 1979. As a player, Brooks was part of the 1964 and 1968 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, and was a five-time member of the U.S. National Team that competed in the IIHF World Championship. Recently, Brooks was on the coaching staff of the French Olympic Team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Brooks was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.

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