Gordon Arthur "Red, The Red Baron" Berenson (born December 8, 1939) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team from 1984 to 2017. Berenson was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.
December 8, 1939|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Berenson coaching the Michigan Wolverines
|Born||December 8, 1939|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1978–1979||St. Louis Blues (assistant)|
|1979–1982||St. Louis Blues|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||848–426–92 (.654) [College]|
100-72-3 (.580) [NHL]
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Most Wins by a Michigan Hockey Coach (848) Most Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances by any Team in NCAA History (22 Consecutive from 1991-2012)|
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. 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, as he was 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.
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 remained in the position for 33 seasons. 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. This is the longest streak ever in college hockey history. The Wolverines have also won 15 Great Lakes Invitational titles under Berenson.
On April 10, 2017, Berenson announced his retirement as head coach of the Michigan Wolverine men's ice hockey team following 33 years. He finished his career with an 848–426–92 record in 1,366 games, and helped lead Michigan to a record 36 NCAA tournament appearances.
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-WCHA First Team||1960–61|
|AHCA West All-American||1960–61|
|All-WCHA First Team||1961–62|
|AHCA West All-American||1961–62|
|All-NCAA All-Tournament First Team||1962|||
|Big Ten Coach of the Year||2015–16|||
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1958–59||Flin Flon Bombers||WCJHL||—||—||—||—||—||10||10||9||19||10|
|1958–59||Flin Flon Bombers||M-Cup||—||—||—||—||—||6||3||3||6||2|
|1966–67||New York Rangers||NHL||30||0||5||5||2||4||0||1||1||2|
|1967–68||New York Rangers||NHL||19||2||1||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1967–68||St. Louis Blues||NHL||55||22||29||51||22||18||5||2||7||9|
|1968–69||St. Louis Blues||NHL||76||35||47||82||43||12||7||3||10||20|
|1969–70||St. Louis Blues||NHL||67||33||39||72||38||16||7||5||12||8|
|1970–71||St. Louis Blues||NHL||45||16||26||42||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||24||5||12||17||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||28||41||69||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||78||13||30||43||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||76||24||42||66||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||27||3||3||6||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||St. Louis Blues||NHL||44||12||19||31||12||2||1||0||1||-|
|1975–76||St. Louis Blues||NHL||72||20||27||47||47||3||1||2||3||0|
|1976–77||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||21||28||49||8||4||0||0||0||4|
|1977–78||St. Louis Blues||NHL||80||13||25||38||12||—||—||—||—||—|
Head coaching recordEdit
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|St. Louis Blues||1979–80||56||27||20||9||(63)||2nd in Smythe||Lost in Preliminary Round|
|St. Louis Blues||1980–81||80||45||18||17||107||1st in Smythe||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|St. Louis Blues||1981–82||68||28||34||6||(62)||3rd in Norris||(fired)|
|Michigan Wolverines (CCHA) (1984–2013)|
|1984–85||Michigan||13–26–1||11–20–1||t-7th||CCHA First Round|
|1985–86||Michigan||12–26–0||10–22–0||8th||CCHA First Round|
|1986–87||Michigan||14–25–1||11–20–1||7th||CCHA First Round|
|1987–88||Michigan||22–19–0||17–15–0||5th||CCHA First Round|
|1988–89||Michigan||22–15–4||17–11–4||4th||CCHA First Round|
|1989–90||Michigan||24–12–6||16–11–5||4th||CCHA Consolation Game (Win)|
|1991–92||Michigan||32–9–3||22–7–3||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1992–93||Michigan||30–7–3||23–5–2||2nd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1993–94||Michigan||33–7–1||24–5–1||1st||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|1994–95||Michigan||30–8–1||22–4–1||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1995–96||Michigan||34–7–2||22–6–2||t-1st||NCAA National Champion|
|1996–97||Michigan||35–4–4||21–3–3||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1997–98||Michigan||34–11–1||22–7–1||2nd||NCAA National Champion|
|1998–99||Michigan||25–11–6||17–8–5||2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1999–00||Michigan||27–10–4||19–6–3||1st||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|2000–01||Michigan||27–13–5||16–9–3||t-2nd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2001–02||Michigan||28–11–5||19–5–4||6th||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2002–03||Michigan||30–10–3||18–7–3||2nd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2003–04||Michigan||27–14–2||18–8–2||1st||NCAA Northeast Regional Finals|
|2004–05||Michigan||31–8–3||21–3–2||1st||NCAA Midwest Regional Finals|
|2005–06||Michigan||21–15–5||13–10–5||3rd||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2006–07||Michigan||26–14–1||18–9–1||2nd||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2007–08||Michigan||33–6–4||24–4–4||1st||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2008–09||Michigan||29–12–0||20–8–0–0||2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|2009–10||Michigan||26–18–1||14–13–1–0||t-7th||NCAA Midwest Regional Finals|
|2011–12||Michigan||24–13–4||15–9–4–1||t-2nd||NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals|
|Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten) (2013–2017)|
|2013–14||Michigan||18–13–4||10–8–2–1||3rd||Big Ten Quarterfinals|
|2014–15||Michigan||22–15–0||12–8–0||3rd||Big Ten Runner-Up|
|2015–16||Michigan||25–8–5||12–5–3–2||2nd||NCAA Midwest Regional Finals|
|2016–17||Michigan||13–19–3||6–12–2–2||5th||Big Ten Quarterfinals|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame | Stories". www.sportshall.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
- Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
- Cunningham, Pete. "Michigan hockey's 22-year NCAA Tournament streak snapped with CCHA final loss to Notre Dame". Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Red Berenson's Road to 800 Career Wins". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 10, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- "Connor, Berenson Head List of All-Big Ten Award Winners". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
- Sipple, George (April 10, 2017). "Legendary Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson retires". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
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- Red of the Blues – TIME
- Profile from University of Michigan official site
|Awards and achievements|
| WCHA Player of the Year
| Winner of the Jack Adams Award
| CCHA Coach of the Year
| Spencer Penrose Award
| Big Ten Coach of the Year
| St. Louis Blues captain
| Detroit Red Wings captain
| Head coach of the St. Louis Blues