23 Best Herb Brooks Quotes

23 Best Herb Brooks Quotes

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Herbert “Herb” Brooks was an American ice hockey player and coach. He began playing hockey at Johnson High School, where he and his team won the 1955 state hockey championship. After retiring as a player he began coaching, and brought the Minnesota Golden Gophers to three NCAA championships in 1974, 1976, and 1979. His most known moment came in 1980 while he was the head coach of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic hockey team. His team won against the intimidating Soviet team in a hockey match that came to be known as the Miracle on Ice. Brooks died on August 11, 2003.

“And maybe I’m a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I’ve done.”

“Everything goes in cycles, to a degree.”

“Great moments are born from great opportunities.”

“I don’t think it will. It’ll never stop.”

“I remember sitting with Brooks in his office, in late December 1999, not long after he’d taken over as coach of the Jaromir Jagr -controlled Penguins. It was a job Brooks didn’t even want, and when the season ended he would relinquish it. Yet he seized the team with all his gusto. I want speed, and excitement and I want our players to go out there and have the times of their lives, … We’re not going to be hanging around waiting for something to happen. We’re going to make things happen ourselves.”

“If I like a food, I’ll eat it, even if I know it’s not good for me.”

“If I’d have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment.”

“If you give 99 percent, you will make my job very easy.”

“If you lose this game, you’ll take it to your [expletive] graves.”

“Legs feed the wolf.”

“Maybe I’m sort of like the players – there’s still a lot of little boy in me.”

“My recruiting key — I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people…but somehow try to pull it out.”

“Nine out of ten time we play this team, the would beat us. But not tonight because tonight is our night, tonight we win.”

“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.”

“This is your moment. You’re meant to be here.”

“Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can!”

“We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we’re too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.”

“You can’t be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon.”

“You don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.”

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.”

“You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important in building your team. I always looked for people with a solid value system. Then I recruited kids from a cross-section of different personalities, talents and styles of play.”

“You’re only as good as your values.”

“You’re playing worse everyday and right now you’re playing like it’s next month.”