Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean-Claude Bergeron
Goalie Jean-Claude Bergeron was a part-time player for three different clubs during the 1990s. He was a solid big leaguer whose most prominent moments as a pro took place in the AHL and IHL.

Born in Hauterive, Quebec, Bergeron excelled on the defensively weak Verdun Junior Canadiens of the QMJHL. He was chosen 104th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1988 and was assigned to the Sherbrooke Canadiens of the AHL for seasoning. In 1989-90, he recorded a fine 21-8-7 mark and led the league with a 2.74 goals against average. Bergeron was placed on the AHL first all-star team, was presented the Baz Bastien Memorial trophy as the league's top netminder, and shared the Harry "Hap" Holmes trophy with teammate Andre Racicot for allowing the fewest goals in the league.

The young netminder posted a 3.76 goals against mark and a 7-6-2 record for the Habs in 1990-91 but was unable to gain a permanent spot as Patrick Roy's understudy. In June 1992 he was given a new lease on life when he was traded to the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 21 games for the first year club but slid down the depth chart after the club acquired Daren Puppa prior to the 1993-94 season.

Bergeron starred for the IHL's Atlanta Knights in 1993-94 when he won 27 games and shared James Norris Memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the league with Mike Greenlay. He signed as a free agent with the L.A. Kings in 1996 but spent most of the 1996-97 season in the IHL with the Phoenix Roadrunners before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1985-86 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 33 13 16 1 0 5.21 3 0 3 0 0 9.86
1986-87 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 11 5 4 1 0 4.96
1986-87 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 41 11 27 1 0 6.45
1987-88 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 49 13 31 3 0 5.86
1988-89 Verdun Jr. Canadiens QMJHL 44 8 35 1 0 4.92
1988-89 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 5 4 1 0 0 3.58
1989-90 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 40 21 8 7 2 2.74 9 6 2 0 3.38
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 2 1 0 0 0 2.03
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 7 6 2 0 3.76
1990-91 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 18 12 6 0 1 3.27 10 5 5 0 3.52
1991-92 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 13 5 7 1 0 4.32
1991-92 Peoria Rivermen IHL 27 14 9 3 1 3.53 6 3 3 0 4.09
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 21 8 10 1 0 3.66
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 31 21 7 1 1 3.21 6 3 3 0 3.10
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 3 1 1 1 0 3.13
1993-94 Atlanta Knights IHL 48 27 11 7 0 3.07 2 1 1 0 2.34
1994-95 Atlanta Knights IHL 6 3 3 0 0 4.44
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 3 9 1 1 3.33
1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 12 2 6 2 0 4.24
1995-96 Atlanta Knights IHL 25 9 10 3 0 4.16
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.29
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 42 11 19 7 0 3.32
1997-98
1998-99 Joliette Blizzard QSPHL 15 12 1 1 0 3.18 11 9 2 0 1 2.38
1999-00 Joliette Blizzard QSPHL 13 8 5 0 0 4.10
NHL Totals 72 21 33 7 1 3.69


AHL First All-Star Team (1990)
Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals-against) (1990) (shared with Andre Racicot)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Goaltender) (1990)
James Norris Memorial Trophy (IHL - fewest goals-against) (1994) (shared with Mike Greenlay)
Traded to Tampa Bay by Montreal for Frederic Chabot, June 19, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, August 28, 1996.
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