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Pens host Herb Brooks' family at Devils game

by Nicole Jelinek / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been celebrating their 50th anniversary season by offering tributes and memories to share with fans, players and families.

As the season winds down, the Penguins invited five members of Herb Brooks' family to be guests at their Friday night game against the New Jersey Devils.

Brooks passed away in a car accident in 2003, but his name and legacy lives on through the Penguins. Brooks was a Penguins scout for eight years and coached the team in the 1999-2000 season, but is best remembered as the coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold medal in the Miracle on Ice.

In attendance for the game was Brooks' daughter, son-in-law and three grandkids, and although they're from Minnesota, they're no strangers to Pittsburgh hockey thanks to both sides of the family.

Kelly Brooks is married to Marc Paradise, who is the son of former Penguins defenseman Bob Paradise. That means the grandkids have TWO grandfathers with Penguins connections.

"We are from Minnesota, but this is our second family," Kelly said. "When my father passed away he was still working with the Penguins and they have continued to treat us like family and they have kept his legacy alive through media and photos, and Mario Lemieux keeps in touch with my mom. It is wonderful."

Kelly is beyond thankful for how great Pittsburgh has been, and says that the organization has been nothing short of amazing to all of them and towards remembering Herb's legacy and his time with the Penguins. They even had a remembrance video that was showed at the game, which made the night extra special.

"It was amazing and it is amazing," Kelly said. "To me, I cannot believe his legacy, after all of these years has continued to inspire and live on. Some of these kids are so young and were not even alive when he was around. I think the movie Miracle keeps his legacy alive and the programs like this and videos. He sends a good massage to kids and I love that it is still out there."

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