Red Berenson retiring as Michigan hockey coach after 33 seasons

Berenson led the Wolverines to 848 wins and a pair of national championships.

Legendary coach Red Berenson is retiring after 33 seasons at the helm of the Michigan hockey program.

Berenson, 77, led the Wolverines to an 848-426-92 (.654) record, reaching the NCAA Tournament 23 times and winning the national championship in 1996 and '98.

"I've thought about this for a long time and I think this is the right time and it's the right thing to do for the Michigan hockey program," Berenson said in a release. "My heart will always be at Michigan and I look forward to the team taking the next step and making me proud as a former coach."

The Saskatchewan native was a two-time All-American as a player at Michigan (1961-62). He played in nine games for the Montreal Canadiens immediately after his final season in Ann Arbor, becoming the first college player to jump directly to the NHL.

That was the start of a 17-year playing career that included stops with the Canadiens, Rangers, Red Wings and Blues, once scoring six goals in a game with St. Louis.

Berenson eventually served as head coach of the Blues from 1979-82, going 100-72-32, before finding his niche in college hockey.

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