Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bryan Berard
A native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Bryan Berard scored 47 points in 32 games at Mount St. Charles Academy in 1993-94 before heading to the OHL. He enjoyed two stellar years with the Detroit Whalers/Junior Red Wings and helped the club reach the Memorial Cup in 1995. His accolades included being named the Top Rookie in the CHL in 1995 and being selected to the OHL and CHL First All-Star teams in 1995 and 1996. Following the 1995 season Berard was chosen first overall by the Ottawa Senators but could not come to terms with the team. He returned to junior and was named the CHL Defenceman-of-the-Year. The talented blueliner also played for the U.S. at the 1995 and 1996 World Junior Championships.

On January 23, 1996, Berard's problems with Ottawa were resolved when he was traded to the New York Islanders in a complicated deal that also featured fellow star defender Wade Redden. After scoring 48 points in 1996-97, Berard was presented the Calder Trophy and appeared destined for stardom. Things didn't work out that way as the Islanders' were constantly rebuilding in the late 1990s and the young defenceman's discipline and defensive ability were questioned.

Berard's status dropped in New York to the point that he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for veteran netminder Felix Potvin. His career was rejuvenated in Toronto where he was one of several talented individuals on a winning team. He helped the Maple Leafs reach the semifinals in 1999 and was a much-improved defenceman the next year.

During a March game at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Berard was clipped by a high stick from Marian Hossa. The damage to his eye was so great that his career was considered over by most observers. Prior to the opening of training camp, Berard declared his intention to attempt a comeback. Several teams approached Berard with an offer, but he opted to sign with the New York Rangers. He made the 2001-02 roster with the idea that he would simplify his game and be of use to the revamped Blueshirts.

After only one season with the Rangers, Berard had a stop in Boston in 2002-03 before joining Chicago in 2003-04. Upon his arrival in the Windy City, Berard went on to record 47 points (13-34-47) and capped off his season, winning the Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey before being acquired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2005.

On the international stage, Berard is a two-time member of the U.S. World Junior Team (1995-1996), the 1997 World Championship team and the 1998 Winter Olympic Team in Nagano.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Mass-Bay Chiefs MBAHL
1991-92 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 3 15 18 4
1992-93 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 8 12 20 18
1993-94 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 11 26 37 4 4 3 3 6 6
1994-95 Detroit Jr. Red Wings OHL 58 20 55 75 97 21 4 20 24 38
1994-95 United States WJC-A 7 0 1 1 36
1994-95 Detroit Jr. Red Wings M-Cup 5 1 3 4 6
1995-96 Detroit Jr. Whalers OHL 56 31 58 89 116 17 7 18 25 41
1995-96 United States WJC-A 6 1 4 5 20
1996-97 New York Islanders NHL 82 8 40 48 86 +1
1996-97 United States WC-A 1 1 0 1 0
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 75 14 32 46 59 -32
1997-98 United States Olympics 2 0 0 0 0
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 31 4 11 15 26 -6
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 5 14 19 22 +7 17 1 8 9 8
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 3 27 30 42 +11
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHLMGNT
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 82 2 21 23 60 -1
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 80 10 28 38 64 -4 3 1 0 1 2
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 58 13 34 47 53 -24
2004-05
2005-06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 44 12 20 32 32 -29
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 11 0 3 3 8 -4
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 54 5 17 22 48 -17
2008-09 Vityaz Chekhov KHL 25 3 14 17 103
NHL Totals 619 76 247 323 500 20 2 8 10 10


OHL All-Rookie Team (1995)
OHL First All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
OHL Rookie of the Year (1995)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1995)
Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (1996)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1997)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2004)
Traded to NY Islanders by Ottawa with Don Beaupre and Martin Straka for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden, January 23, 1996. Traded to Toronto by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 6th round pick (Jan Sochor) in 1999 NHL Draft for Felix Potvin and Toronto's 6th round pick (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Fedor Fedorov) in 1999 NHL Draft, January 9, 1999.
Missed remainder of 1999-2000 season and entire 2000-01 due to eye injury vs. Ottawa, March 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, October 5, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 13, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 31, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 3, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 season due to recurring back injury. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, October 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Vityaz Chekhov (KHL), November 16, 2008.
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