Hockey: A legend honored, another passes away

Gordon "Red" Berenson, the Wolverines head ice hockey coach, will be the recipient of the NHL's Lester Patrick Award on November 6 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit the league announced on Tuesday. The Patrick award is given for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

University of Michigan head ice hockey coach Red Berenson learned on Tuesday that he will be a recipient of the 2006 Lester Patrick Award given by the National Hockey League. The award, given for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, is just one more thing to add to the numerous awards that line Berenson's office at Yost Ice Arena.

"Well, I'm flattered to be recognized and remembered. I've been in the U.S. for a long time. I've been around the growth of hockey in the United States. If I've had a small part in it I'm pleased," Berenson said on being selected for Patrick Award honors in 2006.

Now in his 23rd year of coaching at Michigan, Berenson restored a slumping program to its place among the elite of NCAA hockey. With a career record of 585-278-63, Berenson is in eighth place on college hockey's coaching win list and has guided the Wolverines to national titles in both 1996 and 1998.

As a player, Berenson was a two time All-American at Michigan and captained the team in his senior year of 1962.

Heyliger passes at age 87

Vic Heyliger, a former Wolverines great as both a player and coach, passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday reported

Heyliger, the Wolverines captain in 1937, worked his way up to the Wolverines head coaching position for the 1945 season and coached the Wolverines to a remarkable six national titles in just 13 years as the Wolverines head coach.

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