Husky Hockey Home to Bear Brooks Name

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Apr 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - With a major face lift, comes a new name and the home of Husky Hockey will now be known as the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

"I just cant put into words what it means to me, and our family," Herb Brooks' son Dan said at the press conference Wednesday. "Its a great day and its an honor to be here, its a humbling experience to be here."

The new name will grace the new, improved, and still under construction entryway of the facility that plays host to countless other events along with Husky Hockey. St. Cloud State President Earl Potter said no corporate name will be added to the Brooks name. Funding, still needed in the range of $1 million, will come from the community Potter said, instead of a large corporate sponsorship.

"When you dig deep and look at what matters, we wanted to put a name on the building that had significance for our history and in our identity and in what is important for the state of Minnesota," Potter said. "It is time. It is our time, and it is time to put Herb Brooks' name on the building."

Current Head Coach Bob Motzko said this day is a part of connecting the dots of Division I hockey in Minnesota. Dots that Brooks set in place.

"Out of it came this building, and then Mankato, Mankato State goes division one. Who coaches Mankato State, Mike Hastings. One of the first recruiting classes when St. Cloud State went Division I," Motzko said. "I think as you look at our state, and the fabric of division one hockey, those dots connect back to Herb Brooks. And how fortunate we were."

Brooks spent 1 season as head coach of the Huskies in 1986…their final season before moving to the division 1 level. The younger Brooks said his dad saw the opportunity to build the game at St. Cloud, and across Minnesota as his greatest challenge.

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