Berenson Forgotten Man Of 1972 Team

Red Berenson is best known as the first "expansion star" of the National Hockey League's 12 team era as he quickly developed into a scoring sensation with the St. Louis Blues following the famed expansion of 1967. 

Although he was the first Canadian player to make the direct jump from U.S. college hockey into the NHL, he struggled throughout much of the 1960s with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. But when he joined the Blues partway through the 1967-68 campaign, he blossomed.

Berenson, who was actually traded to the Detroit Red Wings by 1972 due largely to his involvement with the NHLPA, was a little used forward in the Summit Series however, as he got into only two games. This despite being one of the few players who had actually had played against the Soviets previously. Berenson led the 1959 world championship tournament in scoring as the Belleville McFarlands knocked off the Russians to win the lofty world title.

The Soviets had vastly improved in the decade-plus since then, and were about to show it to Berenson and the rest of the world in 1972. Berenson had a bird's eye view for most of the tournament, as he watched from the stands. He did play in 2 games, including an infamous game 6 in Moscow. That was the game that featured the obviously biased officiating as the Canadians were assessed with 31 penalty minutes compared to just 4 for the Russians. Despite spending half the game on the penalty kill, Canada won the game 3-2, thanks in part to an Yvan Cournoyer goal that was set up by Red Berenson - his only point of the series.

"The Red Baron" is known for his lengthy NHL career including a very rare 6 goal game on November 7, 1968, but is perhaps better known as the long time coach of his alma mater University of Michigan Wolverines.


1972 Summit Player Profile
 Team Canada
 #15 - Red Berenson - Center

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Born: 12/8/1939 Regina, Sask
1972 NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings

Summit Series Statistics

2 0 1 1 2 3 4 0

Other Team Canada Appearances -
1959 World Championships - Scored 9 goals and 13 points in 8 games to lead Canada to gold medal

NHL Career Notes - Best known as a St. Louis Blue, Berenson also played for Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings from 1962 through 1978. Berenson, who played in six NHL all star games, is best known for scoring a modern day record six goals in one game.

Berenson would later become a NHL coach of the year (with St. Louis) before returning to the University of Michigan to run their hockey program from 1984 forward.

Career NHL Statistics
Regular Season 987 261 397 658 305
NHL Playoffs  85 23 14 37 49


Book Feature
Read Red Berenson's memories of the Summit Series in Team Canada 1972: Where Are They Now?  By Brian McFarlane $21.26 Cdn


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1972 Summit Series Games

Game One
Game Two
Game Three
Game Four
Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven
Game Eight

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