|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
We already know of Brooks' success at the college level... AND of course the Miracle on Ice. At the
NHL level... I'm actually kinda surprised that he didn't have more success, especially with the Devils,
since they seem to thrive on having a taskmaster type of coach, which was what Brooks was.
Not that a 40-win season was bad by any stretch of the imagination. But at the same time, it's hard to
overlook an early playoff exit.
It's hard to define a coach's success, though, in just one season. And as history would have it, on Brooks'
end, it was started to be defined at Minnesota, furthered in Lake Placid, and cemented for the most part
with each pro job he took. And on the Devils' end, 92-93 was the final step before moving on to cement
This would be his last NHL coaching job until 1999-2000, when he took on the Pittsburgh Penguins' post
for part of the season. He had been a scout, and later director of player personnel, with them since he
left the Devils and up until he passed away in 2003 in a car accident.
He had two other jobs around that time, as well: he coached the 2002 US team in Salt Lake City, and
he was a consultant to Kurt Russell, the man who would play him in Miracle.
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise
|Herbert Paul Brooks, Jr.
Born: 8.5.37 St. Paul, Minnesota
Died: 8.11.03 near Forest Lake, Minnesota