Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Josef Beranek
Since entering the NHL in 1991-92, Josef Beranek has been a talented offensive forward on four different clubs. Among his strengths were a natural touch around the net and crisp accurate passes to his linemates.

The native of Litvinov, Czechoslovakia starred in the domestic league with CHZ Litvinov and Dukla Trencin. He was chosen 78th overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the 1989 Entry Draft and joined the team at training camp in 1991. He scored 28 points as a rookie and contributed two goals in the post-season when the team reached the semi-finals unexpectedly.

Halfway through the 1992-93 season, Beranek was obtained by the rebuilding Philadelphia Flyers. He appeared to find a permanent home in Philly after scoring 28 goals in 1993-94 but was traded to Vancouver shortly after the lockout-shortened season resumed in 1995. The lanky forward was a solid all-round performer and helped his new club reach the second round of the playoffs.

Beranek's long journey continued in 1996-97 when he returned home to play for Petra Vsetin club. He spent most of two years there save for a brief tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1998 he scored a goal when the Czech Republic won the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. The next season the talented veteran returned to the NHL and recorded 49 points in 66 games on the speedy Edmonton Oilers. Late in the 1999-00 season Beranek was re-acquired by Pittsburgh where he was a solid role player on the offensive-minded club when it reached the Eastern Conference final in 2001.

Following his second stint with the Penguins, Beranek opted to return to his homeland in 2001-02 and has been a member of Slavia Praha HC of the Czech Republic League since.

On the international stage Beranek has represented his homeland at the 1989 World Junior Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 World Cup, the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and is a four-time member of its World Championship team (1993, 1994, 1998 and 2004).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 CHZ Litvinov Czech 14 7 4 11 12
1988-89 CHZ Litvinov Czech 32 18 10 28 47
1988-89 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 7 4 9 13 6
1989-90 Dukla Trencin Czech 40 16 21 37 9 3 2 5
1990-91 HC CHZ Litvinov Czech 58 29 31 60 98
1990-91 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 8 2 2 4 6
1991-92 Czechoslovakia Can-Cup 5 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 12 16 28 18 -2 12 2 1 3 0
1992-93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 2 6 8 28 -7
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 6 1 2 3 8
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 13 12 25 50 -1
1992-93 Czech Republic WC-A 8 3 3 6 22
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 28 21 49 85 -2
1993-94 Czech Republic WC-A 6 1 2 3 0
1994-95 HC Dadak Vsetin CzRep 16 7 7 14 26
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 5 5 10 2 +3
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 37 8 13 21 28 -10 11 1 1 2 12
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 61 6 14 20 60 -11 3 2 1 3 0
1996-97 Czech Republic W-Cup 3 0 0 0 4
1996-97 HC Petra Vsetin CzRep 39 19 24 43 115 3 3 2 5 4
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8 3 1 4 4 -1 5 0 0 0 2
1997-98 HC Petra Vsetin CzRep 45 24 27 51 92 10 2 8 10 14
1997-98 HC Petra Vsetin EuroHL 8 5 4 9 10
1997-98 Czech Republic Olympics 6 1 0 1 4
1997-98 Czech Republic WC-A 9 0 3 3 12
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 66 19 30 49 23 +6 2 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 9 8 17 39 -6
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 4 4 8 18 -6 11 0 3 3 4
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 9 14 23 43 -7 13 0 2 2 2
2001-02 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 36 13 19 32 71 9 1 2 3 6
2002-03 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 46 10 21 31 38 17 2 7 9 28
2003-04 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 51 16 47 63 93 19 7 11 18 30
2003-04 Czech Republic WC-A 7 2 2 4 4 +2
2004-05 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 37 8 17 25 65 7 1 2 3 4
2005-06 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 50 14 38 52 101 15 1 8 9 28
2006-07 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 52 19 20 39 44 6 2 0 2 6
2007-08 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 50 15 15 30 42 12 1 0 1 6
2008-09 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 50 15 27 42 36 18 4 7 11 14
2009-10 HC Slavia Praha CzRep 39 6 12 18 6
NHL Totals 531 118 144 262 398 57 5 8 13 24


Traded to Philadelphia by Edmonton with Greg Hawgood for Brian Benning, January 16, 1993. Traded to Vancouver by Philadelphia for Shawn Antoski, February 15, 1995. Traded to Pittsburgh by Vancouver for future considerations, March 18, 1997. Traded to Edmonton by Pittsburgh for Bobby Dollas and Tony Hrkac, June 16, 1998. Traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton for German Titov, March 14, 2000.