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Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey MasterMind
by John Gilbert
The U. S. hockey team's victory at the 1980 Olympics was a "Miracle on Ice"--a miracle largely brought about by Herb Brooks, the legendary coach who forged that invincible team. Famously antagonistic toward the press at Lake Placid, Brooks nonetheless turned to sportswriter John Gilbert after each game, giving his longtime friend and confidant what became the most comprehe ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by MVP Books
(first published November 14th 2008)
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Aug 24, 2011 Lee rated it liked it · review of another edition
A good book telling the story of herb Brooks the coach of the 1980 Olympic Team. The book does not detail much of Brook's childhood or his playing career, being the last cut on the 1960 Olympic team. The bulk of the book covers his coaching career at the University of Minnesota where he won 3 NCAA championships, his building and coaching of the 1980 Olympic team and his post Olympic career in the NHL. The book details a lot of his coaching innovations and motivational techniques which were uniqu ...more
Considering I don't usually read biographies, or anything nonfiction, really, I enjoyed this look at hockey coach Herb Brooks' life. Though hockey coach seems to be an understatement for the man whose coaching career spans the NCAA, NFL, amateur/junior hockey etc, and of course, 3 appearances at the Olympic Games ('80 and '02 for USA, '98 with France). He also played on u.s. national teams, was last cut for the '60 games, and stayed close with grassroots MN hockey (being a native MN himself). Ap ...more
An excellent biography of the legendary coach's life and career. It covers not only the 1980 Olympic team where his legand grew but also his coaching career at the University of Minnesota and the NHL. As a fan of college hockey, especially during the late 70s and early 80s, I enjoyed the stories of the Minnesota Gopher hockey teams coached by Brooks. John Gilbert is a talented hockey writer and was a close friend of Brooks. Both of these are evident throughout the book. A must read for any hocke ...more