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Herb Brooks

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks

Full Name: Herbert Paul Brooks Jr.
Profession: Ice Hockey Player & Coach

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Most notable achievement came in 1980 as head coach of the gold medal-winning USA Olympic hockey team at Lake Placid. At the games, his USA team upset the heavily favoured Soviet team in a match that came to be known as the 'Miracle on Ice'.

He would go on to coach multiple NHL teams, and ultimately returned to coach the USA men's team to a silver medal at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.

Born: August 5, 1937
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 11, 2003 (aged 66)
Cause of Death: Car accident

Historical Events

  • 1980-02-22 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal
  • 1980-02-24 US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 "Miracle on Ice" victory against hot favorite Soviet Union

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