|Nickname(s)||The Red Baron|
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
195 lb (89 kg)
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Central Hockey League
|Born||December 8, 1939,|
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 retired as the NCAA head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after 33 years.
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Altogether, in 17 NHL seasons, Berenson recorded 261 goals and 397 assists in 987 games.
Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
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 848–426–92*, a record which currently places him 4th in NCAA history for career victories. The Wolverines have also won 11 Great Lakes Invitational titles under Berenson.
*record through the 2019–20 season
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||St. Louis Blues||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||—||—||—||—||—|
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|St.Louis Blues captains
|Detroit Red Wings captains
|St. Louis Blues captains
|St. Louis Blues captains
|Winner of the Jack Adams Award
|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 • Payne • Hitchcock • Yeo • Berube|
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