Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Berger
Defenseman Mike Berger was born on June 2, 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta and spent five seasons, including two All-Star campaigns, in the Western Hockey League honing his craft before making the leap to professional hockey in 1986-87. Berger was the Minnesota North Stars second pick in the 1985 Entry Draft and made his pro debut with the Indianapolis Checkers of the International Hockey League in 1986-87. He was in the NHL a year later.

Berger played 29 games as a rookie with the North Stars, managing three goals and an assist. He surfaced again at the NHL level the next year, playing a single game with Minnesota while spending the rest of his season with their IHL affiliate.

Prior to the start of what would be Berger's third NHL season, he was dealt by the North Stars to the Hartford Whalers but didn't make their team out of training camp. Instead, he split his season with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL and the Binghamton Whalers of the American Hockey League. This nomadic professional hockey existence would become a staple of his career.

For the 1990-91 season, Berger split his year with two new clubs, playing with the Kansas City Blades of the "I" and the East Coast Hockey League's Knoxville Cherokees. The following year was spent with the Thunder Bay Thunderhawks of the Colonial Hockey League. In 1992-93, he added the Tulsa Oilers to his professional résumé, as well as a Central Hockey League Second All-Star selection. Berger's suitcase packing days finally came to end, and he went on to play seven seasons with the Tulsa Oilers. He ended his career where it started, returning to Indianapolis to serve as the team's captain and play his final season with the Ice in 1999-2000. Berger went out on top, winning the Miron Cup in his last year as a player.

Despite playing just one year with the Ice, Berger's #44 jersey was retired and hung in the rafters at the Pepsi Coliseum, partially due to his career totals. At the time of his retirement, he was the third highest scoring defenseman in league history.

Berger's retirement didn't keep him away from hockey, or Indianapolis, long. After just a year away from the game, Berger signed on as the Ice's assistant coach in August 2001.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 54 7 47 54 92
1982-83 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 41 2 9 11 60 5 0 1 1 7
1984-85 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 58 9 31 40 85 4 0 3 3 9
1985-86 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 21 2 9 11 39
1985-86 Spokane Chiefs WHL 36 7 31 38 56 9 1 5 6 14
1986-87 Spokane Chiefs WHL 65 26 49 75 80 2 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Indianapolis Checkers IHL 4 0 3 3 4 6 0 1 1 13
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 3 1 4 65 -19
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 36 5 10 15 94 6 2 0 2 8
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 67 9 16 25 96 6 0 2 2 8
1989-90 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 51 5 12 17 75
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 10 0 4 4 10
1990-91 Kansas City Blades IHL 46 7 14 21 43
1990-91 Knoxville Cherokees ECHL 7 1 7 8 31
1991-92 Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks ColHL 54 17 27 44 127 10 6 7 13 16
1992-93 Tulsa Oilers CHL 47 16 26 42 116 7 2 3 5 4
1992-93 Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks ColHL 8 3 5 8 20
1993-94 Tulsa Oilers CHL 58 15 19 34 134 11 7 4 11 22
1994-95 Tulsa Oilers CHL 46 10 20 30 64
1995-96 Tulsa Oilers CHL 45 9 18 27 110 6 0 1 1 22
1996-97 Tulsa Oilers CHL 64 9 33 42 68 5 0 2 2 10
1997-98 Tulsa Oilers CHL 63 11 28 39 121 3 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Tulsa Oilers CHL 69 25 35 60 93 -35
1999-00 Indianapolis Ice CHL 67 10 26 36 72 +7 9 2 0 2 38
2000-01 Indianapolis Ice CHL
2001-02 Indianapolis Ice CHL
NHL Totals 30 3 1 4 67


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1986, 1987)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1993)
Traded to Hartford by Minnesota for Kevin Sullivan, October 7, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Indianapolis (CHL), September 9, 1999.
Played w/ RHI's Oakland Skates in 1994 (17-1-3-4-62).
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