posted on Aug, 11 2003 @ 07:01 PM
Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. hockey team to the ``Miracle on Ice'' victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, died Monday in
a car wreck, a state official said. He was 66.
Brooks coached the 1980 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y. He returned to lead the 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey team to a silver
Brooks was killed when his car rolled over at a highway intersection north of the Twin Cities, according to the state official, who spoke to The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Weather didn't appear to be a factor.
Brooks coached the Minnesota North Stars (1987-88), the New Jersey Devils (1992-93) and New York Rangers (1981-85), where he reached the 100-victory
mark faster than any other coach in franchise history. He also coached the French Olympic team in Nagano 1998.
He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.
Last season, Brooks was the director of player development for Pittsburgh Penguins. He rejected a multimillion dollar offer to coach the New York
Rangers last summer, saying didn't want to be away from his wife and family in Minnesota.
R.I.P. Herb Brooks
I'll never forget the Miracle on Ice, probably the biggest victory in United States sports history.