The U.S. team coached by Brooks defeated Russia in Lake Placid, N.Y., on its way to the gold medal. He returned to lead the 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey team to a silver medal.
Brooks was killed in a single vehicle rollover at an intersection on a highway north of the Twin Cities, the official said.
Brooks coached the Minnesota North Stars (1997-98), the New Jersey Devils (1992-93) and New York Rangers (1981-85), where he reached the 100-victory mark faster than any other coach in franchise history.
Born in St. Paul, Brooks played hockey at the University of Minnesota, where he later coached from 1972-9, winning three national titles and left with a 167-99-18 to lead the national team.
He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990.
Former Gopher Herb Brooks killed in car crash
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