Herb Brooks Way - Street renamed to honor hockey legend

Monday, October 11, 2004

"The late, legendary hockey coach" is the phrase oftentimes used when talking about Herb Brooks, who during his career had an influence on all levels of hockey, from amateur to professional and from local to international.

Brooks led the U.S. men's hockey team to a gold medal in the 1980 Olympics, coached the SCSU men's hockey team in 1986-87, helped SCSU achieve Division I hockey status, and was one of the leaders of the effort to secure funding to build the National Hockey Center.

"There is no single way to honor Herb that could truly reflect his incredible impact on SCSU hockey," said SCSU Athletic Director Morris Kurtz when he asked the St. Cloud City Council to change the name of part of a city street to " Herb Brooks Way." Nonetheless, said Kurtz, renaming the portion of 13th Street that fronts the National Hockey Center at least helps recognize the coach's contributions to SCSU hockey and the community of St. Cloud.

The new signs were posted this summer.

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