Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced Wednesday that former coach Herb Brooks was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category.
“On behalf of the entire Pittsburgh Penguins organization, I want to congratulate the Brooks family on this prestigious honor for Herb,” Penguins Chairman Mario Lemieux said. “ Herb’s passion and dedication to the growth of hockey in the United States was second to none. He was a valued member of the Penguins organization and we are thrilled and proud that he has been bestowed this tremendous honor.”
Patrick Roy and Terrance ‘Dick’ Duff were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Harley Hotchkiss, NHL Chairman of the Board, joined Brooks. The vote took place Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.
“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four outstanding individuals as Honoured Members,” Gregory said. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Brooks’ playing career included four seasons with the University of Minnesota Gophers between 1955-59. He was a member of the U.S. National Team during two Olympic Games and during five World Championships, but is best known for his contributions as a coach.
Brooks coached at his alma mater and then went on to spearhead the Miracle On Ice as coach of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 1980 Winter Olympics He was head coach of the New York Rangers from 1981-85 and continued his NHL coaching career with the Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Herb Brooks died tragically in a single-car accident on August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minnesota.
“I was not anticipating this honor,” said his wife, Patti Brooks. “Our family has been overwhelmed with the recognition that Herb has received and we are very proud of his accomplishments. I can’t wait to tell my kids.”
The 2006 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2006 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.
HERBERT PAUL ‘HERB’ BROOKS
· born August 5, 1937 in St. Paul, Minnesota
· died in single car accident August 11, 2003 in Forest Lake, Minnesota
· played for University of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1955 to 1959
· member of U.S. National Team during two Olympic Games
· member of U.S. National Team during five World Championships
· captured bronze medal at 1962 ‘A’ Pool World Championship
· first coach of the Minnesota Junior Stars in new Minnesota/Ontario Junior ‘A’ League
· head coach of Golden Gophers for seven seasons, 1972 to 1979
· captured two consecutive WCHA Championships (1974, 1975)
· won three NCAA Division I National Championships (1974, 1976, 1979)
· finished with a record of 175 wins, 10l losses and 20 ties for a .636 winning percentage
· 8-1 record in NCAA Tournament play is best all-time winning percentage
· named WCHA Coach of the Year in 1973-74
· coached Team USA at 1979 World Championship
· general manager/head coach of gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team at 1980 Winter Olympics
· coached France at 1998 Olympics
· coached Team USA to silver medal at 2002 Olympics
· after 1980 Olympics, coached Davos of Swiss League for one year
· head coach of New York Rangers from 1981-85
· reached 100-win plateau faster than any prior Rangers coach
· coached 1985-86 at St. Cloud State University in NCAA Division III
· head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88; first Minnesota native to coach the team
· became head coach of AHL’s Utica Devils in 1991-92
· joined New Jersey Devils as head coach in 1992-93
· head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1999-00 season
· after one season, named Penguins’ Director of Player Development
· regular season NHL coaching record of 219 wins, 221 losses and 66 ties
· NHL playoff coaching record of 19 wins and 21 losses
· named NHL Coach of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981-82
· inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990
· inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame in 1999
· awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1980 (member of USA Olympic Team) and 2002 (individual achievements)