Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Berry
Left-winger Bob Berry was a fine scorer during an NHL career that lasted parts of eight seasons. His creativity was an asset on the power play and he was a respected team leader on and off the ice. After hanging up his skates, he became a successful coach credited with nearly 400 regular season wins.

The Montreal native played with the junior Verdun Maple Leafs and Peterborough Petes before opting to attend George Williams College beginning in 1964. He scored 97 goals in three seasons with the OQAA school then spent a year with the senior Hull Nationals. He was the property of the Montreal Canadiens but played only two games with the parent club in 1968-69. The Habs were using the likes of Dick Duff, John Ferguson, Jacques Lemaire, and Gilles Tremblay at left wing so Berry spent most of his time in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons and Montreal Voyageurs.

Prior to the 1970-71 season, Berry was given a chance to prove he belonged in the NHL when he was sent to the L.A. Kings for cash. Berry scored 63 points as a rookie in 1971 playing on a line with Juha Widing and Mike Byers. He went on to top the 20-goal mark four more times including a career high 36 in 1972-73. In 1974-75 he was a stellar two-way player and leader on the Kings when they recorded 105 points in their finest season up to that point.

By the end of the 1976-77 season, the Kings wanted to go in another direction. Berry played the 1977-78 season with the AHL's Springfield Indians before retiring. The next season he returned to L.A. as the club's head coach and guided the team to 107 wins over three seasons. Berry returned to his hometown in 1981-82 to coach the Habs. During his first two years the club excelled during the regular season but folded in the first round of the playoffs. When the team remained two games below .500 late in the 1983-84 season, he was replaced by Jacques Lemaire. Berry resurfaced the next year as the Pittsburgh Penguins' head coach where he toiled for three years.

Berry returned as an assistant coach in June 1988 and eventually rose to the assistant general manager position. Less than a month into the 1992-93 season he took over as head coach with the St. Louis Blues when he replaced Bob Plager. A few months later he guided the club to a first round playoff upset of the Chicago Black Hawks. The next year, the Blues won 40 games but were swept aside in the first round of the playoffs. Berry was let go after the season and replaced by Mike Keenan.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1962-63 Middlebury College NCAA-2
1963-64 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs MMJHL 25 38 27 65 93
1963-64 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 11 4 3 7 36 2 0 0 0 4
1964-65 Sir George Williams College OQAA 17 13 27 40
1965-66 Sir George Williams College OQAA 27 36 48 84
1966-67 Sir George Williams College OQAA 31 48 41 89
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm 5 1 1 2 0
1967-68 Hull Nationals Que-Sr. 39 32 23 55 80
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 68 24 29 53 104 5 0 3 3 10
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 71 18 41 59 104 8 1 0 1 11
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 25 38 63 52 -5
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 17 22 39 44 -23
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 36 28 64 75 -13
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 23 33 56 56 0 5 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 25 23 48 60 +21 3 1 2 3 2
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 20 22 42 37 +2 9 1 1 2 0
1976-77 Los Angeles Kings NHL 69 13 25 38 20 +12 9 0 3 3 4
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 7 4 4 8 0
1977-78 Springfield Indians AHL 74 26 27 53 56 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 541 159 191 350 344 26 2 6 8 6


QSHL First All-Star Team (1968) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1973, 1974) Traded to Los Angeles by Montreal for cash, October 8, 1970.
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