US Hockey Team Coach Herb Brooks put together a team of amateurs to play against the world’s elite hockey player. Prior to the semi final game against the Russians he speaks to the team as they sit in the locker room. “Great moments are born from great opportunity.”
Miracle on Ice (2004) – You Were Born for This
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad was made into a movie titled Miracle in 2004. Read the transcript of the speech below.
“Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
That’s what you have 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 ‘em.
Tonight, we stay with ‘em, 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 ya.
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 them. This is your time!!
Now go out there take it!”
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