Brooks was born on September 26, 1980 in San Fransisco, California and was the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 18th OA, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
He played three seasons for Boston College and won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.
Brooks made his NHL debut and played in six games during the 2002–03 season.
He signed a six-year contract last summer with the Pens worth $22.5 million.
Brooks is named after Herb Brooks, the former Penguins head coach, and the coaching legend that led the United States to Olympic gold in 1980.
In fact, he also has a softer, cuddly, kind of side.
Flip Cup with Stanley
44 days away from the start of the season, Brooks is fighting for his chance to represent the USA in Vancouver
USA Promises to Bring a More Physical Brand of Hockey
Just stop it! Hockey players and children are just too much.