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A Hockey Coach to Remember
herbert Brooks coached the miracle hockey team of the Olympics of 1980. He had skated in two Olympic teams himself, was a long time college hockey coach, and spent 1979 looking for recruits for the team. In 1980, the US did not recruit NHL stars, for the players were still of entirely amateur status. Herbie Brooks went to the National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs, Co in 1979 and found those players who were the most willing to adapt to his style of hockey playing. His style was to skate hard and fast and work together as a team, with no individual standouts. He gave them psychological tests as well as physical ones, and tried to determine which players could not play together due to intense regional rivalry. Hockey was strong in only a few places back in 1980, and the rivalry between the University of Minnesota and Boston University was intense, culminating in a 1976 NCAA semifinal that was one of the nastiest college games played until that point.

How The Game of Hockey is Played
Hockey is a sport that is physically demanding and is popular in areas that are significantly cold such as Canada, United States, Russia, and some parts of Europe like Norway, Sweden, and Scandinavia. The game consists of 22 players that are rotated in at 6 players at a time. The game is played in a 3 20 minute periods and overtime is played in 20 minute periods until a goal is made by either side and this applies if it's a tied game at the last period and this is one way to break a tie to end a game-as of the late ties are no longer allowed in the NHL.

The History of hockey
This unique sport of using a stick and a hard rubber puck has pretty unique history going back as far as 17th and 18th century England. In the Irish term it was coined as 'hockie', and over time it's made its way to what it is today. The sport over time had acquired a pretty high charged and chaotic competitive side. Whole villages would play against each other and according to what was noted in history it was an expression of pride and manhood and up to 100 people would participate in the games played. The game would last nearly 2 months and it resulted in many people getting seriously hurt and injured.


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