Red Berenson

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Red Berenson
Redmichigan.jpeg
Born(1939-12-08) December 8, 1939 (age 74)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forSJHL
 Omaha Knights
NCAA
 Michigan Wolverines
NHL
 Montreal Canadiens
 New York Rangers
 St. Louis Blues
 Detroit Red Wings
AHL
 Quebec Aces
National team Canada
Playing career1961–1978
 
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Red Berenson
Redmichigan.jpeg
Born(1939-12-08) December 8, 1939 (age 74)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
PositionCentre
ShotLeft
Played forSJHL
 Omaha Knights
NCAA
 Michigan Wolverines
NHL
 Montreal Canadiens
 New York Rangers
 St. Louis Blues
 Detroit Red Wings
AHL
 Quebec Aces
National team Canada
Playing career1961–1978

Gordon Arthur "Red, The Red Baron" Berenson (born December 8, 1939) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre and is currently in his 30th year as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team.

Playing career[edit]

Berenson played junior ice hockey with the Regina Pats, participating in two Memorial Cups in 1956 and 1958. In 1959, Berenson played for the World Champion Belleville McFarlands.

Berenson (No. 9) cuts behind the net against Colorado College 1961

Berenson moved on to, and graduated from, Michigan's School of Business and played collegiately at the University of Michigan, winning All-American honors there with an NCAA-leading 43 goals in his final year.

He signed thereafter with the Montreal Canadiens, playing five years in their system and being on a Stanley Cup-winning squad in 1965 before being traded to the New York Rangers, where he played parts of two seasons without success.

Seven weeks into the 1967/1968 NHL season the St. Louis Blues acquired Red Berenson along with Barclay Plager from the New York Rangers. It was with the Blues where he became one of the new Western Division's first great stars, leading the Blues to three straight Stanley Cup finals and being named the division's best player by his peers in The Sporting News' annual poll each of those years.

His most notable scoring feat came on November 7, 1968, in a road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Berenson scored six goals, including four over a nine-minute span. He became the first player to score a double hat trick on a road game.[1] The six-goal total was one shy of the all-time NHL record (set by Joe Malone in 1920), and has been accomplished only once since.

Berenson was named team captain in 1970; however, already 31 years old, the Blues felt his skills could only decline, and traded him in what was considered a shocking deal to the Detroit Red Wings, a multi-player trade receiving centre Garry Unger in return. He was an impact player for Detroit for four seasons, but was having a poor fifth season when he was dealt back to the Blues. The trade rejuvenated him, and he was an effective player for three and a half more seasons before he retired after the 1977–1978 campaign.

Berenson played in the legendary eight-game Summit Series for Team Canada against the Soviet Union in 1972, as well as in the “old-timers” rematch of the Canada Cup in 1987. He played in six NHL All-Star Games.

Altogether, in 17 NHL seasons, Berenson recorded 261 goals and 397 assists in 987 games.

Coaching career[edit]

Berenson retired from playing in 1978 and joined the Blues' coaching staff. He became the team's Head Coach midway through the 1979–80 season. A year later, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year. He returned to his Alma Mater as Head Coach in 1984 and has remained in the position ever since. Berenson has led the Wolverines to 11 Frozen Four appearances, and NCAA championships in 1996 and 1998. In CCHA competition, his teams have won 11 regular-season and 9 tournament titles. In addition, Berenson's squads qualified for the NCAA Tournament for 22 consecutive seasons from 1991 to 2012.[2] This is the longest streak ever in college hockey history. His all-time record as Michigan's Head Coach is 749–350–77, a record which currently places him 5th in NCAA history for career victories. The Wolverines have also won 13 Great Lakes Invitational titles under Berenson.

Berenson pled guilty in 1994 to a charge of impaired driving.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

AwardYear
All-WCHA First Team1960–61
All-WCHA First Team1961–62

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1961–62Montreal CanadiensNHL4123452024
1962–63Hull-Ottawa CanadiensEPHL3023254828
1962–63Montreal CanadiensNHL372681550000
1963–64Montreal CanadiensNHL6979161270004
1964–65Quebec AcesAHL652234561651238
1964–65Montreal CanadiensNHL3123090112
1965–66Quebec AcesAHL341736531461562
1965–66Montreal CanadiensNHL2334712
1966–67New York RangersNHL30055240112
1967–68New York RangersNHL192132
1967–68St. Louis BluesNHL5522295122185279
1968–69St. Louis BluesNHL763547824312731020
1969–70St. Louis BluesNHL67333972381675128
1970–71St. Louis BluesNHL4516264212
1970–71Detroit Red WingsNHL24512174
1971–72Detroit Red WingsNHL7828416916
1972–73Detroit Red WingsNHL781330438
1973–74Detroit Red WingsNHL7624426628
1974–75Detroit Red WingsNHL273368
1974–75St. Louis BluesNHL44121931122101-
1975–76St. Louis BluesNHL722027474731230
1976–77St. Louis BluesNHL80212849840004
1977–78St. Louis BluesNHL8013253812
NHL totals9872613976583058523143749

NHL coaching record[edit]

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTPtsDivision rankResult
St. Louis Blues1979-805627209(63)2nd in SmytheLost in Preliminary Round
St. Louis Blues1980-81804518171071st in SmytheLost in Quarter-Finals
St. Louis Blues1981-826828346(62)3rd in Norris(fired)
Total2041007232

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  2. ^ Cunningham, Pete. "Michigan hockey's 22-year NCAA Tournament streak snapped with CCHA final loss to Notre Dame". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "People in Sports". Eugene Register-Guard. March 20, 1994. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jerry Walker
WCHA Player of the Year
1961–62
Succeeded by
Louis Nanne
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
1981
Succeeded by
Tom Watt
Preceded by
George Gwozdecky
Jeff Jackson
CCHA Coach of the Year
1993–94
2007–08
Succeeded by
Buddy Powers
Dallas Ferguson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Al Arbour
St.Louis Blues captain
1970–71
Succeeded by
Al Arbour
Preceded by
Nick Libett
Detroit Red Wings captain
1973
Succeeded by
Gary Bergman
Preceded by
Barclay Plager
St. Louis Blues captain
1976
Succeeded by
Garry Unger
Preceded by
Garry Unger
St. Louis Blues captain
1977–78
Succeeded by
Barry Gibbs
Preceded by
Barclay Plager
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1979-82
Succeeded by
Emile Francis