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August 16, 2012 - 12:28pm

72-year-old Berenson to play in Alumni Showdown for Red Wings


Barely a month after the preliminary rosters for the 2012 Alumni Showdown were announced, Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson was added to the Detroit Red Wings alumni roster on Thursday.

Berenson — who will be 73 years old when the game is played — and former Wolverine Aaron Ward are the two former Red Wings recently scheduled to skate in the Alumni Showdown that will take place as a part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival, which will precede the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

Berenson was acquired by Detroit in a trade with St. Louis in 1970 and played in 283 games with the Red Wings. In Detroit, the Regina, Sask. native tallied 201 points over his five seasons and retired from the National Hockey League to coach.

Ward spent a year at Michigan before being drafted fifth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and was traded to the Red Wings in 1993. He played in over 250 games with Detroit and was a part of the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup champions teams. Ward was a part of Detroit’s organization through the 2001 season, when he was traded to Carolina.