U-M’s Norris out for season; Bereson wins MacInnes Award
Sophomore Josh Norris, left, was injured in the World Junior Championships. Red Berenson, right, wins MacInnes Award.
Michigan center Josh Norris will miss the rest of the season.
The sophomore from Oxford will undergo surgery for an undisclosed injury suffered during the World Junior Championships, held Dec. 26-July 5 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Norris has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 17 games, second on the team in scoring to sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes, who also played in the WJC.
"It's disappointing to have my season end and I'm going to miss being on the ice with my teammates every day, but it's something that I have to take care of," said Norris. "I am looking forward to working hard during rehab and am excited to get back on the ice. I'm going to be here supporting my teammates throughout the rest of the season and wish them the best of luck."
The Ottawa Senators own Norris’ NHL rights, acquiring them in September as part of the Erik Karlsson trade with the San Jose Sharks, who took Norris 19th overall in the 2017 draft.
"I feel bad for Josh. He was having an outstanding season," Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. "Knowing him, he will work extremely hard to come back stronger and become an even better player. We look forward to having Josh continue to be a part of our team this season."
Former Michigan coach Red Berenson has won the American Hockey Coaches Association 2019 John MacInnes Award.
Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honor former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, the award recognizes those who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. They have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but also and more importantly as men.
Berenson, who was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December, won 848 games –fourth in NCAA history – and two national championships in 33 seasons in Ann Arbor. It comes after a pioneering NHL career as a player and coach and a record-setting playing career at Michigan.
“If you've ever been around Red, you understand that accomplishments in life don’t have much to do with sports,” former Michigan and NHL goaltender Marty Turco told NHL.com. “It’s about attitude and continuing to grow as a person.”
Turco won an NCAA-record 127 games at Michigan from 1994-98 and 275 in the NHL from 2000-12.
Previous recipients of the MacInnes Award are former Northern Michigan, Michigan State and Lake Superior State coach Rick Comley (2017); Boston University legend Jack Parker (2015); MSU legend Ron Mason (2003), and college, NHL and Olympic coach Herb Brooks (1994).
Berenson will be recognized either at a luncheon during the Frozen Four in Buffalo or during the 2019 AHCA Convention in Naples, FL.
Western Michigan, ranked No. 10 by U.S. College Hockey Online, saw its 10-game unbeaten streak end with a 3-0 loss at No. 2 St. Cloud State on Friday night.
The Broncos again, 5-3, to the Huskies on Saturday night.
Goaltender Trevor Gorsuch made 34 saves on Friday night for WMU, 13-8-1 overall and 6-5-1-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
“That’s a really good Western Michigan team,” St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson said after Friday night’s game. “We faced a really tough opponent tonight.”
It doesn’t get much easier for WMU, which hosts No. 3 Denver next weekend.
Huskies lose outside and inside
No matter where Michigan Tech played recently, things did not go well.
The Huskies dropped a pair at Bemidji State, losing 4-3 in overtime on Friday night outside and 3-0 on Saturday night inside.
Friday’s game was played on an outdoor rink on the shores of Lake Bemidji as part of the 13th annual Hockey Day in Minnesota. It was minus-10 degrees when the game began before a sellout crowd of 4,201.
"Obviously, it was pretty cold, but it wasn't that bad," said WMU’s Gavin Gould, who scored a goal. "We were bundled up pretty good, and the bench was warm. It wasn't how we felt but how much it affected the hockey with the sticks, puck and ice."
Dillon Eichstadt scored with 1:55 left in OT to give Bemidji State the win.
Saturday night’s 3-0 loss was inside BSU’s usual home rink, the Sanford Center.