Herb Brooks' legacy still impacting St. Cloud St. men's hockey team

February 18, 2019 08:25 PM

St. Cloud St. men's hockey was last year's top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Then head coach Bob Motzko left for the Gophers. The new coach was left with a lot of talent, and he got some support from another former Huskies coach.

***Click the video box above for Chris Long's story from St. Cloud***

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First year coach Brett Larson got some unexpected inspiration from former coach and hockey legend, the late Herb Brooks.

"I met the Brooks family at a golf tournament in the summer," Larson told KSTP's Chris Long. "They offered some notes their dad had taken when was sort of going through the coaching ranks. ... We couldn't stop looking at for days."

Brooks coached the Huskies for a brief stint 1986-1987. He, of course, is best known for leading the U.S. to a gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. He also led the Gophers to three national titles, and was an NHL coach for four different franchises, including the North Stars.

The 2018-2019 St. Cloud St. Huskies are currently ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 21-4-3 (13-2-3 in conference). They've held the top ranking for five straight weeks.

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