August 12, 2003
The hockey world remembers Herb Brooks

• "He was a legend – not only the greatest hockey figure in Minnesota, but internationally. The most success I've had, the best I've ever played – regardless of the gold medal – was because of him. He was my mentor." – John Harrington, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team and head coach at St. John's (Minn.) University since 1993.

• "Without him and his influence, I don't think we would've become a D-I program and we never would've got the rink. I remember one time he stayed at my apartment and he got a phone call from (then-St. Cloud State president) Brendan McDonald saying, 'You've got to go to St. Paul. The committee is meeting right now.' It was just like Herbie. He got up to go on a moment's notice and did what needed to be done for St. Cloud State." – Craig Dahl, St. Cloud State head coach and an assistant under Brooks at the school during the 1986-87 season.

• "The strength of hockey in the United States is a testament to Herb Brooks and the historic Olympic triumph in 1980. It is devastating to all of us in the hockey world that his passion for the game, his insight, his foresight have been taken away." – National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman.

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• "A lot of people are saying he was a great ambassador for the sport. But it's more than that. He was the leader, actually. He was the guy who wasn't afraid to tell USA Hockey if they were missing a beat...he wasn't afraid to tell the University or the Olympic committee. He was a man who lived by his convictions. That's a missing link right now...somebody else has to surface. I really don't know who that's going to be." – former Gophers player Tom Vannelli.

• "When it came to hockey, he was ahead of his time. All of his teams overachieved because Herbie understood how to get the best out of each player and make him part of a team. And like everyone who played for him, I became a better person because I played for Herb Brooks." – former Bowling Green and New York Islanders star Ken Morrow, who was part of the 1980 Olympic team.

• "He was never caught up in the afterglow. Here's a guy that helped do something that galvanized the entire country, and he wasn't interested in parades or any attention. Just a few weeks after this, he decides to go and coach in Switzerland." – broadcaster Al Michaels, who called the semifinal match between the U.S. team and the Soviets from Lake Placid in 1980.

• "I knew him for 30 years – we played together; we coached together; we worked together. Herbie lived the game, and he loved the game." – Pittsburgh general manager Craig Patrick, a University of Denver graduate who was Brooks' assistant at Lake Placid and later hired him in various capacities with the Penguins.

• "Just seeing him behind the bench gave me chills. He always seemed to be ahead of the play like Scotty Bowman and the rest of the game's greatest coaches." – Philadelphia forward Jeremy Roenick, a member of the 2002 U.S. Olympic team.

A variety of sources were used in the compilation of this piece.

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