The Pregame Miracle Speech
The Miracle Speech given by Coach Herb Brooks in 1980 is one of the most powerful sports speeches to date. The Miracle Speech reminds us that anything is possible. There are opportunities all around us that we can and must be taking advantage of each day. Take a moment to listen to the Miracle Speech and then review the 5 things that we should always remember from this miracle on ice in 1980!
The Miracle Speech Script
“Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight.
One game… If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game… Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world.
You were born to be hockey players, every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.” – Coach Herb Brooks
5 Things to Remember about the Miracle Speech
- Hard work and dedication will create new opportunities for you.
- Before we can achieve anything, we must believe it in our heart and minds.
- Nothing in life happens by chance.
- To be the best, you must think that you are the best!
- You can’t expect to have every new opportunity given to you. There are times when you must take what’s rightfully yours!
Here are a few other great quotes by Coach Herb Brooks
“Success is won by those who believe in winning and then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future.”
“Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher.”
* Quotes courtesy of the Herb Brooks Foundation
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