His team went on to win the 1955 Minnesota state hockey championship. Brooks then attended the University of Minnesota and played hockey as a Gopher from 1955 to 1959. In 1960 he was asked to join the US Olympic team, but was cut a week before the start of the games. The 1960 team went on to win gold and Brooks later told head coach Jack Riley that he “must have made the right decision- you won.” Brooks went on to set a record by playing on a total of eight US National and Olympic teams, winning bronze in the 1962 world championship. While his playing career is very impressive, his coaching career is where he made the biggest affect.
During the 1950’s, the Boston Bruins finished second during the decade even though they did see three Stanley Cup finals. In 1968, they made the playoffs. The 1960’s were very powerful and memorable years for the Boston Bruins. Many records were broken, trophies were awarded, and some of the most magical hockey players were on the New England team. In 1972... ... middle of paper ... ...hy-the-boston-bruins-are-the-best-team-in-the-nhl "NHL All-Time Teams: Boston Bruins."
Shortly after he retired, he was named the Executive Director for Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey team. Gretzky used his great leadership skills to help guide the team to winning Gold Medals in 2002 after a 50 year drought. It is easy to see that Gretzky’s presence helped end the streak and earn Canada a medal. While Gretzky had acquired his position with the Canadian team, he also took a position for the N.H.L.’s Phoenix Coyotes. He first bought part of the Coyotes before eventually becoming the team’s head coach in 2005.
In his six year’s of coaching at the university, he led the team to three national championships (Herb Brooks). In 1980, his United States Olympic hockey team, consisting of all college students, achieved one of the greatest spectacles in sports history: “The miracle on ice.” His team beat the Soviets in a white-knuckle, heart pounding game with a score of four to three. The Soviet’s were a well trained, terrifying team that were considered to be the greatest hockey team that has ever taken the ice. After leading his team to this miraculous victory, he continued his coaching career up until his tragic death in 2003. His high expectations for his team and his fearful, powerful motivational techniques led him down a path of greatness that helped him become an inspiration to all.
In the midst of the Cold War, a game-winning goal by Canadian hockey player Paul Henderson at the end of the third period with only 34 seconds left on the clock vaulted Canada to a victory at the Summit Series and put them on top of the hockey world. The heart and character of Canadian hockey internationally began. “The exact moment of that spectacular goal has become a reference point in our national collective consciousness.”- R. Eagleson (Foreword). It was the climatic goal watched by almost every Canadian, and their pride swelled to amazing heights. Hockey is more than just a game in Canada, it is a celebrated history.
In 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team, consisting of college players and hopeful pros, won Olympic gold. No other Olympic performance was so uniting and inspiring to our nation. Upon scoring the game-winner and clinching the gold medal, Eruzione's goal triggered a spontaneous national celebration of amazing proportions. Overcome with joy, our nation celebrated with a display of patriotism unparalleled to any sporting event before. Playing against the vaunted U.S.S.R. team, the collection of young Americans defied all odds to defeat a juggernaut.
He is not only as fast as lightning but can also stick handle around any NHL team blindfolded. He made a quick move to the left, and then to the right. He took the shot which went top shelf on the right side. The second I saw the net move I knew we had done it. The underdog team defeated the 1st ranked team in the state championship game for Missouri high school hockey.
From inside the locker room, I could hear the crowd screaming my name among others, "Miller, Miller, Miller! Kulesa, Kulesa, Kulesa!" My best friend Kelsey Miller and I were the co-captains of the USA Olympic Field Hockey Team. We were considered rookies and lucky. Rookies because this was only our first year on the team and lucky because our other team members had voted us, out of everyone to be the captains.
During the Winter Olympics, it is inspiring to see athletes, make names for themselves and become heroes for their countries. Now that the 22nd Winter Olympics have started, I am interested to find out more about them. What I Want to Find Out Even though I have a basic understanding of the Wint... ... middle of paper ... ...of the greatest Olympic performances ever; he won five gold medals, and they were all in individual events (news.discovery.com). The Jamaican bobsled team also created a very memorable moment. New.discovery.com stated, in an article Top Dramatic Moments at Winter Olympics, “The team managed to qualify for the Games.
Bobby Orr is considered one of the few great hockey stars of his generation from the 1940’s. As he is also the youngest player to ever be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame which was at age 31. Bobby Orr was a skilled player that helped the Boston Bruins to become known for being a great offensive team, and the team was known as the Big Bad Bruins because of their brutal and physical play. This shows the lasting impact of Bobby Orr, as they still play that way today. Bobby Orr also led the Boston Bruins to two Stanley Cups in his career; one in 1970 the other in 1972(cit) Bobby Orr is a great hockey player and human being, from his rise to the NHL, and throughout his career and in his personal life that followed was an impact on the community.