Photoshop Phriday: Red Berenson
Gordon ‘Red’ Berenson is synonymous with Michigan Hockey in the way that Glenn ‘Bo’ Schembechler is with Michigan Football. Berenson is now in his 30th season as Michigan Hockey’s head coach and during that time they have won over 800 games, secured two national titles, and strung together a record 22 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Berenson’s connection to Michigan goes back even further to his days as a student athlete. He starred on the 1959-62 Michigan teams, captained the 1962 squad, and earned All-American honors in his final two seasons. All of this was just the warm-up act to a stellar 17 year career in the NHL.
Berenson helped the Canadiens win the 1965 Stanley Cup but his career really took off with the St. Louis Blues. He had a great stretch from 1967-71 with the Blues which included one game in 1968 where he scored 6 (!) goals. Berenson spent time with the Red Wings then the Blues again before calling it a playing career. He coached in the NHL for 6 years before returning to Ann Arbor, where he has been ever since. I am not nearly as knowledgeable about hockey as I am about football or baseball, but with few exceptions Michigan has been an annual contender with Berenson at the helm. If you find yourself in Ann Arbor and there is a game at Yost, don’t miss out on the chance to experience Michigan hockey. And who knows, you just might see Red Berenson wearing his pair of 50 year old dutch crunch socks (Bentley Library) or shooting pregame loaves (Lon Horwedel).