Berenson, Poile, Stewart Inducted Into U.S. Hockey Hall

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August 9, 2018
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Long-time Michigan coach and playing standout Red Berenson, Northeastern alumnus David Poile, and Penn alum and referee Paul Stewart are among this year’s inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class will have a formal induction ceremony Dec. 12 in Nashville.

“This class has had an enormously positive impact on hockey in our country,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “Their contributions have helped shape and advance our sport over many decades, and we look forward to formally enshrining each of the five honorees in December.”

The Canadian-born Berenson became one of the first NHL stars to come from the NCAA ranks. And after his playing days, he became an NHL head coach and eventually took over at his alma mater, Michigan, where he stayed for 33 years. In that time, he surpassed 800 career wins, won two national titles, made 11 Frozen Fours, and at one point, had a record 22 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Berenson is one of four former Michigan ice hockey captains to coach the Wolverines. He was named an All-American for the second time in his collegiate career in 1962 when he recorded 70 points (43-27) in just 28 games. The 43 goals and nine hat tricks he scored that season remain Michigan records today. In the NHL, Berenson won a Stanley Cup over 17 years, with 261 goals and 658 points.

Following the 2017-18 season, Poile became the longest-tenured general manager in NHL history — 36 consecutive seasons, including 21 with Nashville and 15 with Washington. He is the only general manager to lead two separate clubs for 1,000 games and 500 wins and became the winningest GM in NHL history with his 1,320th victory during this past season. 

A four-time finalist and winner in 2017 of the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award, Poile has guided the Predators to …

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