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Wikipedia Summary for Herb Brooks

Herbert Paul Brooks Jr. (August 5, 1937 – August 11, 2003) was an American ice hockey player and coach. His most notable achievement came in 1980 as head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team at Lake Placid. At the Games, Brooks's American team upset the heavily favored Soviet team in a match that came to be known as the "Miracle on Ice."

Brooks coached multiple National Hockey League (NHL) teams, as well as the French team at the 1998 Winter Olympics. He ultimately returned to coach the U.S. men's team to a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Brooks was killed in a 2003 car accident. At the time of his death, he was the director of player personnel for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Quote: You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of pot on window with flowers
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You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.


Quote: Coaching is like being a king. It prepares you for nothing. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Coaching is like being a king. It prepares you for nothing.


Quote: The legs feed the wolf. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

The legs feed the wolf.


Quote: You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon.


Quote: Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher.


Quote: Risk something or forever sit with your dreams. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.


Quote: Win, lose, or tie, you're gonna play like champions! by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Win, lose, or tie, you're gonna play like champions!


Quote: Write your own book instead of reading someone else's book about success. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Write your own book instead of reading someone else's book about success.


Quote: What is courage? Let me tell you what I think it is. An indefinable quality that makes a man put out that extra something, when it seems there is nothing else to give. I dare you to be better than you are. I dare you to be a thoroughbred. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

What is courage? Let me tell you what I think it is. An indefinable quality that makes a man put out that extra something, when it seems there is nothing else to give. I dare you to be better than you are. I dare you to be a thoroughbred.


Quote: Success is won by those who believe in winning and then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Success is won by those who believe in winning and then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future.


Quote: My recruiting key -- I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You're only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people...but somehow try to pull it out. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

My recruiting key -- I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You're only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people...but somehow try to pull it out.


Quote: You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important in building your team. I always looked for people with a solid value system. Then I recruited kids from a cross-section of different personalities, talents and styles of play. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important in building your team. I always looked for people with a solid value system. Then I recruited kids from a cross-section of different personalities, talents and styles of play.


Quote: When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates, and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head! by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates, and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head!


Quote: This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it! by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!


Quote: Great moments are born from great opportunities. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Great moments are born from great opportunities.


Quote: You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone.


Quote: The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back.


Quote: Maybe I'm sort of like the players -- there's still a lot of little boy in me. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Maybe I'm sort of like the players -- there's still a lot of little boy in me.


Quote: Everything goes in cycles, to a degree. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Everything goes in cycles, to a degree.


Quote: If I'd have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

If I'd have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment.


Quote: You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams.


Quote: You're playing worse and worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You're playing worse and worse every day and right now you're playing like it's next month.


Quote: You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country.


Quote: We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.


Quote: And maybe I'm a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I've done. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

And maybe I'm a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I've done.


Quote: This is your moment. You're meant to be here. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

This is your moment. You're meant to be here.


Quote: Great moments are born from great oppurtunities. by author Herb Brooks overlaid on photo of photo of author Herb Brooks with quote

Great moments are born from great oppurtunities.


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