Monday, August 5, 2013

Herb Brooks

Herb Brooks, the inspirational coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, died ten years ago on August 11th. He was part of one of the most thrilling tales in sports history. We have the 2004 motion picture “Miracle”, which tells the story of this hockey team, which consisted of twenty college students who somehow managed to defeat the best hockey team in the world. The movie tells the story from the beginning - how the team was chosen and how their coach motivated them. The film ends with the re-creation of the classic game, complete with Al Michaels’ famous quote “Do you believe in Miracles?” The movie is set during a time when the mood of the country was a bit glum, dragged down by a weak economy and international trouble. “Miracle” is inspirational and uplifting, qualities we are as much in need of today as we were during the winter of 1980. Learn more about the life and times of Herb Brooks with the book by John Gilbert, “Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind”.

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