July 26, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan ice hockey coach Red Berenson is going home this weekend, home to Regina, Saskatchewan, to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.
Berenson, a Regina native, will be one of seven individuals honored Saturday night (July 27) as the organization celebrates its second induction class. Berenson will be joined by legendary National Hockey League players Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies and the late Eddie Shore, along with John Maddia, builders Bill Hay and Del Wilson, official Mick McGeough, plus the team selection of the 1913-14 Regina Victorias Hockey Club.
Berenson, an All-American for U-M, played for the Wolverines from 1959 until 1962, then became one of the first collegiate players to make the jump directly to the NHL, joining the Montreal Canadiens. He played for the Habs for five years and was a member of the 1965 Stanley Cup champions.
During his 17-year NHL career with the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, he recorded 261 goals and 391 assists for 658 points. On Nov. 7, 1968 at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, he became the first NHL player to score six goals in a road game.
His teammates understood Berenson's importance on the ice and in the locker room. He was also selected as the team captain of the St. Louis Blues (1970-71, 1976-78) and the Detroit Red Wings (1973).
He retired from the NHL in 1978 and joined the St. Louis coaching staff. He was named the Blues' head coach midway through the 1979-80 campaign. One season later, he was honored with the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Coach of the Year.
Berenson has coached the Michigan hockey team since 1984, leading the Wolverines to 11 Frozen Fours and two NCAA titles. His 770 collegiate wins have him in fifth place among all-time coaches in collegiate hockey and first among active coaches.
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