Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind

Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind

by John Gilbert


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The U. S. hockey team’s victory at the 1980 Olympics was a “Miracle on Ice”--a miracle largely brought about by Herb Brooks, the legendary coach who forged that invincible team. Famously antagonistic toward the press at Lake Placid, Brooks nonetheless turned to sportswriter John Gilbert after each game, giving his longtime friend and confidant what became the most comprehensive coverage of the ’80 team. This book is Gilbert’s memoir of Brooks. Neither strictly biography or tell-all exposé, Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind is the story of an extraordinary man as it emerged in the course of a remarkable friendship.

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ISBN-13: 9781616731304
Publisher: MVP Books
Publication date: 11/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 859,640
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Gilbert has been around sports his entire life. The son of the late Wally Gilbert, Duluth's greatest athlete (Brooklyn Dodgers, Duluth Eskimos, pre-NBA pro basketball, and Duluth curling), he has written about hockey at all levels. A former Minneapolis Star Tribune writer, Gilbert now reports for various magazines and radio stations. He continues to play amateur baseball in his attempt to avoid reaching retirement age.

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St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 6, 2008 (circ.: 184,500)

“The book fans of Herb Brooks waited nearly 30 years for has finally reached bookstores… This book reminds us how much everyone in the hockey world misses Brooks, who died in a car accident on Aug. 11, 2003, on his way home from a hockey fundraising golf event on the Iron Range.”

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Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
HerbFan1 More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It was hard to put down. It took me back to my days of Gopher hockey at the old Williams Arena. Nothing can compare to those days! Also the coverage of the 1980 Gold medal was the best I have read.
OldManWinter More than 1 year ago
A flawlessly written book, by the very knowledgeable Minneapolis Tribune beat writer who covered the 1980 Olympic hockey team throughout that magical year when it was based in the Twin Cities for training.

Mr Gilbert was able to write from the perspective of being rinkside when the entire event was occurring. Mr Gilbert maintained a relationship with Herb Brooks based upon a deep mutual respect for many insights not available to others.

This book will allow readers to separate the many legends created by the "artistic licenses" in the movie Miracle and other sources less thorough than Mr Gilbert's background information.

I highly recommend the fantastic book, it is by far the best book I have read about the 1980 Olympic hockey team and Herb Brooks. It is accurate, complete, and well-written.
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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
An excellent biography of the legendary coach's life and career. It covers not only the 1980 Olympic team where his legand grew but also his coaching career at the University of Minnesota and the NHL. As a fan of college hockey, especially during the late 70s and early 80s, I enjoyed the stories of the Minnesota Gopher hockey teams coached by Brooks. John Gilbert is a talented hockey writer and was a close friend of Brooks. Both of these are evident throughout the book. A must read for any hockey fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A coach that was fun to hate while in college. Attended a competing university while he was at the U of Minn. Still had respect for his hockey programs and more after the 80 Olympics. Even more after reading this book. A man ahead of his time.
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