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June/July 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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JUNE/JULY 2017 THE WOLVERINE 23 Red Berenson's Career At Michigan BY ORION SANG MEMORABLE MOMENTS 1991-92 Season This was a historic season for Berenson and Michigan for multiple rea- sons. The team had broken through one year earlier, making it back to the NCAA Tournament after a 14-year absence. But the following season, they made it back to the postseason and then some, triumphantly returning to the Frozen Four for the first time in 15 years while also capturing their first regular-season conference title in 28 years. 1995-96 Season This was the season in which Michigan experienced a full return to glory. Under the stewardship of Berenson and led by talented players such as Brendan Morrison, Marty Turco, John Madden, Kevin Hilton and Jason Bot- terill, the Wolverines stormed their way through the regular season, winning both the regular-season conference title and the league tournament. As a No. 2 seed, they secured a first-round bye before winning three straight games — including an overtime classic against Colorado College in the champion- ship — to capture Berenson's first national title and the school's eighth. The Wolverines would capture another title in 1998 to cap a dominant four-year stretch in which they averaged just more than 33 wins per season. 2010-11 Season This may have been one of Berenson's more unexpected postseason runs, and it was the deepest Michigan made it in the NCAA Tournament since its last national championship in 1998. Led by superstar goaltender Shawn Hunwick (who was initially a walk-on), the Wolverines gave up just three goals through the first three games of the tournament, including a stunning 2-0 shutout of No. 1-seed North Dakota in the Frozen Four. Michigan would fall in an overtime heart- breaker, 3-2, to Minnesota-Duluth in the final, but this remained one of Berenson's more memorable seasons despite the bitter ending. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING "One of the biggest things I've taken away from Red is that you're go- ing to treat people with respect. You're going to do things the right way. You're going to do it day in and day out, and it's going to shape who you are as a person." — Former U-M goaltender Shawn Hunwick, who played under Berenson from 2007-12 "For me, it gives you an idea that the people that believe in you and that stood behind you, that they're not always going to be there. When I think of what's important to me in my life, Michi- gan hockey is just about No. 1. Not having Coach there and hav- ing the coach be somebody I don't know, you think about it and you want to be a part of it, but it's sad that things like that have to happen." — Former U-M goaltender and assistant coach Steve Shields, who played under Berenson from 1990-94 before serving as a volunteer assistant coach the past two seasons "I wanted Will to have a chance, I'm glad he got one year [play- ing under Berenson]. Red's more than just a coach. He's all about the university, he's all about the hockey; he's just a great representative of the athletic department. I'm glad my kid had a chance to play for him for one year anyway." — Former U-M forward Joe Lockwood, who played under Berenson from 1984-88 as a member of his first recruiting class; his son, Will, was a freshman on the team this past season By The NUMBERS 2 National championships won during Berenson's ten- ure, in 1996 and 1998; Michigan has the most of any school in NCAA history with nine total. 11 Frozen Four appearances by Michigan under Beren- son, including a four-year streak from 1995-98 and a three-year streak from 2001-03. It's also the number of regular-season confer- ence championships the Wolver- ines won under Berenson. 22 Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tourna- ment, which is the national record Michigan set under Berenson from 1991-2012. 848 Wins Berenson racked up in his 33-year ca- reer at Michigan, good for fourth all time in the NCAA record book; he is one of just four coaches with more than 800 career victories. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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