So, as wins continue to pile up this year along with Red's overall record, I continue to wonder what number he'll end on, and where he'll end up overall in coaching wins.
Currently Red is 6th in overall wins and 3rd among active coaches (snicker* Comley * snicker) with 728 (soon to be 729) overall wins through 2011. Although it is unlikely that he will catch York or Parker or be able to pass Mason's massive 924, there is a good chance next year he will move in to 5th place (745) all time and possibly 4th (783) the year after that.
More impressive to me, than the overall number, is the way in which he obtained that many victories. The coaches ahead of Red each have had at least 10 more years to accumulate wins. This means that Red has been winning games at Michigan at an incredible rate every year.
Overall, Red has averaged 27 wins a year during his tenure at the helm of Michigan's ice hockey program. To put that in perspective, only 3 other teams, not named Michigan, reached that win number this year. And he is AVERAGING this number of wins every year!
If you look past his first years where he rebuilt the program and start from the 90-91 season his average wins jumps to an astounding 29.6 wins per year. Again, this is his AVERAGE wins/ yr.
In this remarkable run by a gritty team, I just wanted to step back and admire the remarkable run we've had with Red.
Thank's Coach. Here's to many more years of great hockey!