It’s 1979. Herb Brooks is the best college hockey coach in America. His Minnesota Golden Gophers have just captured their third NCAA championship in six years. The 1980 Winter Olympics approach, with the U.S. hosting the Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Amateur Hockey Association of the United States hires Brooks to coach the men’s national team in time for the 1979 World Championship. He begins a cerebral process for building the Olympic squad.
CRAIG PATRICK: (Team USA assistant coach and assistant GM) Herb knew who we wanted, because he had been scouting for at least a year, all the college players.
JIM CRAIG: (Team USA goalie) Herb was really quite brilliant. There’s always that saying, “I wasn’t looking for the best players. I was looking for the right players.” He had a character in...
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