The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame announced Thursday Michigan hockey legend Red Berenson will join its 2018 class.
The two-time national championship-winning coach joins a five-person class to be inducted Dec. 12 at the JW Marriott in Nashville.
Gordon Arthur “Red” Berenson dedicated most of his professional life to Wolverine ice hockey. He coached for 33 seasons, leading them out of the malaise of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Taking over in 1984, he took the program in 1991 to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 14 years.
He broke records from there, clinching 22 straight tournament appearances — still the NCAA record.
He installed an up-tempo, creative brand of hockey in Ann Arbor, leading to national championships in 1996 and 1998. Mike Legg contributed to the first championship, clinching the Frozen Four against Minnesota with a goal simply titled “the Michigan.”
Michigan’s record under Berenson was 848-426-92 (.654), including 11 trips to the Frozen Four.
Berenson joins former Wolverines Vic Heyliger (1974), Willard Ikola (1990), John Matchefts (1991), Wally Grant (1994) and John MacInnis (2007) in the Hall of Fame.
He also skated for the Wolverines in college, earning All-American honors and the team MVP after his junior and senior seasons (1961 and 1962).
Berenson still holds Michigan’s single-season record for goals (43) and hat tricks (nine).
He first made his name as a 17-year NHL veteran, lacing up with the Canadiens, Rangers, Red Wings and Blues. “Red” led the Blues to three straight Stanley Cup finals in the 60’s, and finished his career with 261 goals and 397 assists.
Six of those goals — a double hat trick, if you will — came against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 1968 road game.
The other Hall-of-Fame recipients are Natalie Darwitz, Leland “Hago” Harrington, David Poile and Paul Stewart.