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JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 10:11 AM
<A HREF="http://www.gophersports.com/blog/2012/01/big-ten-icons-to-feature-herb-brooks.html">'Big Ten Icons' To Feature Herb Brooks</A>

By Paul Rovnak on January 26, 2012

Minnesota's legendary Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 Olympic hockey team's "Miracle on Ice" after leading the Gophers to three national titles, is profiled Friday in the return of Big Ten Icons. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the first of six new episodes airs at approximately 9:30 p.m. CT, following the Minnesota-St. Cloud State hockey game.

The show includes new one-on-one interviews with former Minnesota hockey standout and Olympic gold medalist Rob McClanahan; 1981 All-American Minnesota forward Steve Ulseth; 1976 National Champion and Most Valuable Player Tom Vannelli; John Gilbert, author of Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind, and others.

"He's an icon," Vannelli says of Brooks. "He was a Minnesotan. He did it as a player, he did it as a coach, he did it at the pro level; he was the ultimate achiever as a coach."

Brooks, a St. Paul, Minn., native, won three national championships in his seven seasons coaching the University of Minnesota hockey program, including titles in 1974, 1976 and 1979.

McClanahan says of the 1980 medal-round game, "I don't think there's another coach around that would have been ready to take the lead against the Soviet Union with ten minutes to go and be prepared for that. Herbie was, and all he said was, 'play your game.'"

After leaving Minnesota, Brooks coached four NHL teams and the 2002 US Olympic Hockey Team. On the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2003, Brooks tragically died in a single car accident north of the Twin Cities. He was 66 years old. That same year, the entire 1980 Olympic Hockey Team was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

darker98
01-26-2012, 10:17 AM
Sweet!! will have to DVR this.

4four4
01-26-2012, 10:20 AM
The 1978-1979 National Championship team is arguably the best college hockey program of all time. 9 players from that team went on to the 1980 Miracle On Ice squad.

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 10:41 AM
The 1978-1979 National Championship team is arguably the best college hockey program of all time. 9 players from that team went on to the 1980 Miracle On Ice squad.

Agreed.

Gurtholfin
01-26-2012, 10:47 AM
And this needed it's own thread, why? :confused:


PS: Barry got his Icons show first. :p

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 10:49 AM
And this needed it's own thread, why? :confused:

Because I wanted a new thread for it. Feel free to ignore if you're capable :)

Gurtholfin
01-26-2012, 10:51 AM
Because I wanted a new thread for it. Feel free to ignore if you're capable :)


Because I WANTED IT! (stamps foot)

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 10:52 AM
Because I WANTED IT! (stamps foot)

Not really my tone. More like your response :)

My tone was more a "oh good, this bothered Gurt" (giggles) type of tone.

SCSU Euro
01-26-2012, 11:12 AM
So since its right before his special can we say winner of tomorrow night's game gets claim of "his team?"

mookie1995
01-26-2012, 11:30 AM
When I think "herb brooks" first thing comes to mind is big ten.

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 11:34 AM
So since its right before his special can we say winner of tomorrow night's game gets claim of "his team?"

I think Herbie would want us to share :)

pgb-ohio
01-26-2012, 11:44 AM
When I think "herb brooks" first thing comes to mind is big ten.I get your point and there's some validity to it, but I'm going to partially dissent.

First, during the 70's a Big Ten Hockey Champion was determined, based on the games played between Minn., Wisc., Mich. & Mich. State. So Brooks actually did compete for Big Ten Titles.

Second, BTN focuses on out-of-conference accomplishments of member schools with some regularity. For example Nebraska history gets some attention, even though everything prior to the current season was non-league.

I, for one, thank JDUBBS for starting the thread. I'm interested in the program and will record. I likely would have missed it but for this thread. There's just so many options on cable/satellite these days, it's impossible to keep track. Yeah, yeah. If that's our biggest problem, life is pretty good. Just saying that the heads up is appreciated.

mahogma
01-26-2012, 12:13 PM
So since its right before his special can we say winner of tomorrow night's game gets claim of "his team?"

Really? Why not just stick with the team he won NCAA Titles with? Teams that will go down in hockey history as some of the best college teams ever,vs...well,what,exactly?:confused:

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 12:32 PM
I get your point and there's some validity to it, but I'm going to partially dissent.

First, during the 70's a Big Ten Hockey Champion was determined, based on the games played between Minn., Wisc., Mich. & Mich. State. So Brooks actually did compete for Big Ten Titles.

Second, BTN focuses on out-of-conference accomplishments of member schools with some regularity. For example Nebraska history gets some attention, even though everything prior to the current season was non-league.

I, for one, thank JDUBBS for starting the thread. I'm interested in the program and will record. I likely would have missed it but for this thread. There's just so many options on cable/satellite these days, it's impossible to keep track. Yeah, yeah. If that's our biggest problem, life is pretty good. Just saying that the heads up is appreciated.

Thanks, and you're welcome :)

darker98
01-26-2012, 12:46 PM
Really? Why not just stick with the team he won NCAA Titles with? Teams that will go down in hockey history as some of the best college teams ever,vs...well,what,exactly?:confused:
What exactly? Isn't he the one that started the SCSU program?

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 12:55 PM
What exactly? Isn't he the one that started the SCSU program?

He didn't start the SCSU program, but he was very instrumental in moving it up to Division 1.

Biddco
01-26-2012, 12:55 PM
And this needed it's own thread, why? :confused:


PS: Barry got his Icons show first. :pI hope they covered his legendary exploits at the Old Country Buffet.

darker98
01-26-2012, 12:56 PM
He didn't start the SCSU program, but he was very instrumental in moving it up to Division 1.
That's what I should have said. ;)

Driftryder
01-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Looking forward to watching it, thanks for the heads up JDubbs.

JDUBBS1280
01-26-2012, 01:59 PM
Looking forward to watching it, thanks for the heads up JDubbs.

No prob :)