We lost a special person – A coach through and through
You won their young hearts – In a way that very few can do
You not only led by example – Always walking the walk
But you were never too busy – Just to sit down and talk!!
Though some disagreed with you – On the mechanics of the game
None challenged your sincerity – Or tried to blacken you name
In Minnesota, you were Mr. Hockey – And even you were unaware
How much we all respected you – And the game you loved to share!!
I personally remember – when my little boy would exclaim
“I’m going to Herb Brooks Camp” – At seven, that was his claim to fame
And he always returned home excited – And each year he improved
But what we noticed most of all – Any bad attitude had been removed!!
For you taught your kids to play – Quite hard and always to win
But when a loss occurred – Shake your opponent’s hand with a grin
You were always looking – For a smarter way to play the game
And that’s how you did it – In “1980″ to world acclaim!!
You were the great motivator – Knowing when and how to get tough
But also knowing when to pamper – Recognizing when they’d had enough
Maybe your most famous quote – The one that increased your fame
“Gentlemen, It will be with you the rest of your life – if you lose this game”!!
Coming from behind they beat Finland – As you left the arena in haste
When asked about your exit – Once again you showed your good taste
“It was their moment in history – For it was they who won the game”
Later you choked up teary eyed – Without an ounce of shame!!
You never lost track of your roots – Always loyal to St. Paul’s “East Side”
And they returned that loyalty – You gave them quite the exciting ride
Never one to miss a chance – To talk to a stranger on the street
And when little kids asked a question – Warm, loving eyes they’d meet!!
It was such a tragic loss – As the hockey world was quick to say
Turning out from near and far – On a hot and mournful day
But even as you moved on – Leaving a legacy of which you can be proud
You left us one last message – “Buckle UP” so clear and loud!!