Nov. 21, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- University of Michigan ice hockey head coach Red Berenson was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame last night (Wednesday, Nov. 20) in a ceremony at the Millennium Hotel.
"During my time in St. Louis as a coach and a player, we lived in the city and got to know other athletes in different sports," Berenson said. "To come back and be remembered as an inductee into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame is nice for me, because I've been away from St. Louis for over 30 years now."
Berenson was one of 16 inductees into the Hall of Fame as part of the fifth induction class, joining several St. Louis sports legends, including Joe Torre and Keith Hernandez of Major League Baseball and Brett Hull of the National Hockey League.
Berenson played parts of seven seasons in two stints with the St. Louis Blues, from 1968-71 and at the end of his career from 1974-78. On Nov. 7, 1968, while playing for the Blues in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Berenson scored six goals, including four in a nine-minute span. The six-goal effort was one shy of the all-time NHL record and marked the first time since 1944 that an individual had scored six goals in an NHL game. It is a feat that has been accomplished only once since. In that game, Berenson also set the NHL records for most goals in a road game and most goals in a period (four), records which stand today.
Upon retirement from the NHL, he joined the Blues as an assistant coach before his promotion to head coach in the middle of the 1979-80 season. Berenson won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year after leading the Blues to a 45-18-17 record in 1980-81. In total, he served on the St. Louis Blues coaching staff for parts of four NHL seasons from 1978-82.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Berenson is also a member of the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor, the Dekers Club Hall of Fame, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
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