(Via The Michigan Daily)
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Many believed that legendary Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson was planning on retiring at the conclusion of this upcoming season. After all, he is 70 years old and has been Michigan's coach since 1984. The natural expectation when someone has been a coach for that long is that the end is near.
As it turns out, however, Red Berenson will not only be Michigan's hockey coach in 2011-12, but he will also be coaching through at least the end of the 2012-13 season. Michigan announced the three-year extension today, and Berenson had this to say about the news:
"We've been doing a one-year contract of late and it seems like we're spending a lot of time talking about when I'm going to retire," Berenson said. "I think we can put that to bed for awhile and just focus on what we're doing. The situation at Michigan is a little clearer in terms of recruitment or leadership of the program or what my future is. It's pretty simple. I've thought about it a lot. I definitely was thinking about leaving earlier, but my passion has really been with this team and these players. They're making a commitment to the program and I want my commitment to be clear as well."
For the Michigan hockey program, this is absolutely great news. Not only is it wonderful that Berenson is staying on for at least three more seasons, but this should eliminate the concerns of many recruits and take away negative recruiting fodder for other programs to use. Berenson's future was very unclear for the last few years, but now that is no longer the case.
In addition to announcing Berenson's extension, Michigan released its schedule for the 2010-11 season. Here are some interesting things I noticed about the schedule:
The Big Chill at the Big House is obviously the most noteworthy game on the schedule, but all in all it looks like an interesting slate of games.