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Red Berenson
Position Centre
Shot Left
Nickname(s) The Red Baron
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams SJHL
 Regina Pats
 Michigan Wolverines
 Montreal Canadiens
 New York Rangers
 St. Louis Blues
 Detroit Red Wings
 Quebec Aces
Central Hockey League
 Omaha Knights
Nationality Canadian
Born December 8 1939 (1939-12-08) (age 76),
Regina, SK, CAN
Pro Career 1961 – 1978

Gordon Arthur "Red" Berenson (born December 8, 1939 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre and is currently in his twenty-fourth year as NCAA head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

Playing careerEdit

Berenson played junior hockey with the Regina Pats, participating in the 1955-56 Memorial Cup Final and the 1957-58 Memorial Cup Final. In 1959, Berenson played for the World Champion Belleville McFarlands.

Berenson moved on to, and a graduated from Michigan's Ross 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 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. 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. He played in six NHL All-Star Games.

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

Coaching careerEdit

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 ten Frozen Four appearances, and NCAA championships in 1996 and 1998. In CCHA competition, his teams have won nine regular-season and 8 tournament titles, and the Wolverines have not failed to secure a winning record since Berenson's second year at the helm. In addition, Berenson's squad has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 18 seasons. This marks the longest streak ever in college hockey. His all-time record as Michigan's coach is 611–292–64*, a record which currently places him eighth in NCAA history for career victories. The Wolverines have also won 11 Great Lakes Invitational titles under Berenson.

*record through the 2006–07 season

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
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
1974–75St. Louis BluesNHL273368
1974–75St. Louis BluesNHL44121931122101-
1975–76St. Louis BluesNHL722027474731230
1976–77St. Louis BluesNHL80212849840004
1977–78St. Louis BluesNHL8013253812
NHL totals 987 261 397 658 305 85 23 14 37 49

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Preceded by
Al Arbour
St.Louis Blues captains
Succeeded by
Al Arbour
Preceded by
Nick Libett
Detroit Red Wings captains
Succeeded by
Gary Bergman
Preceded by
Barclay Plager
St. Louis Blues captains
Succeeded by
Garry Unger
Preceded by
Garry Unger
St. Louis Blues captains
Succeeded by
Barry Gibbs
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Tom Watt
St. Louis Blues Head Coaches
Patrick • Bowman • Arbour • Abel • McCreary • Talbot • Angotti • Young • Boivin • Francis • Plager • Berenson • Demers • Sutter • B. Plager • Berry • Keenan • Roberts • Quenneville • Kitchen • Murray

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