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Berenson no stranger to Fort Wayne

When the University of Michigan plays at Memorial Coliseum this weekend in the NCAA Midwest Regional, it will be somewhat familiar territory for famed Wolverines coach Red Berenson.

And not just because he coached in a game here a few years back.

Berenson recalls coming to the Coliseum in 1958 to connect with some old friends, including former Komets coach and general manager Ken Ullyot, whom he knew from their younger days in Saskatchewan. Berenson also knew Ullyot's son, Ron, and Bryan Whittal.

"There had been teammates of mine who had been recruited to go play in Fort Wayne," said Berenson, who will coach against Bemidji State on Saturday. "I always kind of kept an eye on Fort Wayne. Oh, and John Ferguson, I knew him and he fought his way into the NHL from Fort Wayne."

Berenson also said he played in some exhibition games at the Coliseum, yet he rarely steered his players from Michigan to the Komets.

As for Bemidji State, Ben Smith pointed out to me that Jim Logan and Dale Baldwin, both former Komets, once played for the Beavers.

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Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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