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Bryan Berard
Bryan Berard
Defenseman
Number: 4
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Mar 5, 1977
Birthplace: Woonsocket, RI, United States
Hometown: Woonsocket, R.I.
Acquired: Signed as free agent on Aug. 3, 2005.
Drafted: OTT / 1995 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall)
2005-06: Tallied 12-20-32, 32 PIM and was -29 in 44 games, setting the club record for goals by a defenseman (Jamie Heward, 11 in 2000-01) despite missing 38 games due to injury Missed the final 31 games of the season (back injury) His 32 points are the second-highest total by a defenseman in team history (Jaroslav Spacek, 9-36-45 in 2002-03) Tied for the team lead in power play goals (11), ranked second in ice time (22:39), tied for fourth in game-winning goals (2) and tied for fifth in goals Led all club defensemen in scoring Scored a goal in the final three games he played (3-2-5 from Jan. 21-27) At the time of his injury, ranked second among NHL defensemen in PP goals, fifth in goals and 14th in points Scored his first goal and point as a Jacket with 1-1-2 on Oct. 9 at Chicago Had eight multi-point games Had a seven-game point streak from Oct. 24-Nov. 4 (1-6-7) Scored two game-winning goals (Dec. 11 vs. New Jersey and Jan. 8 at Phoenix) Collected his first career hat trick on Jan. 8 at Phoenix Had a three-game goal streak from Jan. 21-27 Games lost to injury: 38 Multi-point (goal) games: 8 (2) Most Points: 3 (2x) - Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver (1-2-3), most recent Most Goals: 3 - Jan. 8 at Phoenix Most Assists: 2 (3x) - Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver, most recent Most PIM: 4 (2x) - Jan. 13 at Tampa Bay, most recent Most Shots: 7 (2x) - Jan. 24 vs. Vancouver, most recent.

CAREER: Veteran of 554 career NHL games with the NY Islanders, Toronto, NY Rangers, Boston, Chicago and Columbus Collected 71-227-298 along with 444 PIM and 37 power-play goals during his NHL tenure Is one of just seven NHL defensemen to net 10+ goals each of the past three seasons (Blake, Gonchar, Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Redden, Schneider) Has added 2-8-10 in 20 career playoff games 2004-05: Did Not Play - Season Cancelled 2003-04: Recorded 13-34-47 with 53 PIM and a -24 plus/minus rating in 58 games with Chicago Won the Bill Masterton Trophy Posted the second-highest goals, assists, and point totals of his career Ranked eighth in the NHL in points by a defenseman and 13th in goals by a defenseman Led all Western Conference defensemen in points per game (.82) Recorded 25 power-play points (6-19-25), which tied for ninth among NHL defensemen Skated in 500th career game on Mar. 17 2002-03: Appeared in 80 games with Boston, recording 10-28-38 with 64 PIM Was the Boston PWHA chapter's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy Recorded 200th career point with a goal in a 1-1-2 effort on Dec. 23 vs. San Jose 2001-02: Appeared in 82 games with the NY Rangers, posting 2-21-23 with 60 PIM Opening Night (Oct. 5 at Carolina), marked his first NHL game since suffering an eye injury on Mar. 11, 2000 at Ottawa Recorded six multi-point games 2000-01: Missed full season due to eye injury 1999-2000: Recorded 3-27-30 and 42 PIM in 64 games with Toronto Posted a career-best +11 plus/minus rating Missed two games due to league suspension Suffered season-ending eye injury Mar. 11 vs. Ottawa 1998-99: Scored 9-25-34 with 48 PIM and a +1 plus/minus rating in 70 games split between NY Islanders and Toronto Added 1-8-9 in 17 playoff games with Toronto Tied for team lead in playoff assists Traded from NY Islanders to Toronto on Jan. 9 Recorded 100th career point with a goal Nov. 7 vs. Montreal Posted a five-game point scoring streak during the playoffs (0-5-5) 1997-98: Appeared in 75 games with the NY Islanders, scoring 14-32-46 with 59 PIM Set career high for goals in a season Ranked third on the team in goals, assists, and points Had a six-game point streak from Oct. 3 - 16 (3-4-7) Missed seven games due to injuries 1996-97: Appeared in all 82 games, scoring 8-40-48 with 86 PIM and +1 plus/minus rating Posted career-highs in assists, points, and penalty minutes... Won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year Finished second among NHL rookies in points, assists, and power-play points Led team defensemen in scoring Notched first NHL point with an assist Oct. 5 at San Jose Netted first NHL goal Nov. 23 at Phoenix OTHER: Member of Team USA at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano Played for Team USA at the 1997 World Championships and a member of the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships Was team captain of the 1995 WJC team.

JUNIOR CAREER: Was a two-time Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team selection while playing for Detroit of the Ontario Hockey League Registered 51-113-164 and 213 PIM in 114 career games Was CHL Defenseman of the Year in 1995-96 after tallying 31-58-89 and 116 PIM in 56 games Was Canadian Major Junior and OHL Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 after notching 20-55-75 and 97 PIM in 58 games.

PERSONAL: Single Nickname: "B" Hobbies: Golf and Fishing Favorite Actor: Mel Gibson Favorite Book: The DaVinci Code Favorite Vacation Spot: Las Vegas Favorite Subject in School: History Favorite TV Show: Chappelle's Show If he was not a hockey player, he would be working in law enforcement Started playing hockey at age 5 Splits the off-season between Lincoln, Rhode Island and Los Angeles.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Ottawa's first pick, first overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft Traded to the NY Islanders by Ottawa with Don Beaupre and Martin Straka for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden on Jan. 23, 1996 Traded to Toronto by the NY Islanders with a 1999 sixth round draft pick for Felix Potvin and a 1999 sixth round draft pick on Jan. 9, 1999 Signed as a free agent by the NY Rangers on Oct. 4, 2001 Signed as a free agent by Boston on Aug. 13, 2002 Signed as a free agent by Chicago on Oct. 31, 2003 Signed as a free agent by Columbus on Aug. 3, 2005.

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