UMaine Coach Red Gendron’s Cause of Death Relates to Medical Condition
The head coach for the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team Dennis “Red” Gendron’s cause of death is partly released after he passed away Friday (April 9, 2021) at the age of 63. RIP.
Gendron was born November 27, 1957, and grew up in Berlin, New Hampshire. Then, in 1975, he graduated from Berlin High School and played on the state championship hockey team his senior year for the first time.
Red’s first coaching position was as assistant coach to Albie Brodeur for two seasons from 1979–1981at his alma mater, Berlin High School. In 1981 he got his first head coaching position at Bellows Free Academy, in St. Albans, Vermont. Throughout his nine years at BFA, Gendron led the Bobwhites to four state championships (1982, 1983, 1987, 1988). Also, he was twice named Vermont coach of the year.
While at BFA, he was coaching future NHL All-Star John LeClair, coached baseball and football. Gendron who is fluent in both French and English and speaks some Russian leaves behind his wife, Janet, and their two daughters, Katelyn and Allison.
Red Gendron’s Cause of Death Probably Relates to Health Condition
There is no official report about Red Gendron’s cause of death at this time, but it seems his passing related to an illness because the coach died while golfing.
University officials announced Gendron suffered a medical condition Friday afternoon:
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by Red’s sudden death. He was a force in UMaine Athletics and in the legacy of our men’s ice hockey program.” UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy stated, “.We mourn his passing and remember his many contributions to the generations of players he mentored and to the program that lit up Black Bear Nation and the state of Maine. Our thoughts are with his wife Janet, daughters Katelyn and Allison, his coaching staff and players. They have our support and respect for their privacy during this difficult time.”
UMaine Director of Athletics Ken Ralph also expressed his sadness, “Words cannot express our deep sadness from the tragic, sudden loss of Red Gendron. Our community and the entire UMaine Athletics family mourn the loss of coach Gendron and we ask you all to keep him, his family, his friends, and our hockey staff and student-athletes in your thoughts through this agonizing time.”
Reactions to Sudden Death of Red Gendron
Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, however, fans remember memories and their idols are alive in their mind even after death. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gendron’s family, friends, team members, and all of his loved ones at this tough time.
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Soon after the heartbreaking news was confirmed, many of Red Gendron’s family, friends and fans showed their sadness on social media by sharing their tributes.
A user wrote on Twitter, “Wow. From out of nowhere. A lot of how I operated as an SID was from working with and for Coach Gendron. RIP, hopefully he got to see his #1 goalie rock out these last two nights for the Bs”
Another said: “Very sad. Red was a fixture in college hockey, including here in Western Mass. His daughter was also a member of our team here at The Reminder. While it’s cliche, my thoughts and prayers are certainly with his family today.”
Also someone tweeted: “At a loss for words. Such a good man, coach and family friend. I know how much he meant to me, my dad and my sister. He will be missed by everyone. Will never forget when he would tell me, “Remember Ryan. Be smart is cool.” Sending love to the Gendron family.”
More about Red Gendron’s Career
Red Gendron had led eight USA Hockey Teams, such as the U.S. National Junior Team.
USA Hockey offers Gendron’s book, “Coaching Hockey Successfully,” as the advanced-level guidebook for its coaching education program. At Bellows Free Academy in Vermont, he guided squads to four state championships in the 1980s.
Gendron starred 11 seasons in professional hockey along with the New Jersey Devils organization.
As a coach, he won three NHL championship rings and has twice had his name stamped on the Stanley Cup. The beloved Red was an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils when they gained the Stanley Cup in 1995, also was an assistant and head coach, with their AHL team in Albany when the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003.
Gendron was associate head coach at Yale University before being selected as the head coach of the Black Bears; the Bulldogs won the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship. Also before Gendron’s two seasons at Yale, from 2005–11, he was serving as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.
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