Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Drake Berehowsky
Several years after entering the NHL, defenceman Drake Berehowsky came of age as a full-time player. A junior phenom with questionable knees, he was a part-time player for several years before finding his niche with the Edmonton Oilers and the expansion Nashville Predators. Over the years his strength has been moving the puck up ice and working the power play.

Berehowsky starred in Junior B with the Barrie Colts before joining the OHL's Kingston Raiders in 1988-89. He showed superior potential but was felled by a serious knee injury in 1989-90 which made a few pro scouts skeptical of his future. The Toronto Maple Leafs remained undeterred and chose the youngster 10th overall at the 1990 Entry Draft.

The rookie was given a look at the start of the 1990-91 season but was quickly returned to junior. He was a force for two seasons on the North Bay Centennials blueline and was named a First-Team All-Star and the CHL Defenceman-of-the-Year in 1992. After scoring 27 points in 28 games for the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs, Berehowsky was recalled midway through the 1992-93 season. He fit in well as a puck carrying defenceman on Pat Burns' improved defensive squad and scored 19 points in 41 games. His mobility would have been useful in the 1993 playoffs, but he was hurt late in the season.

Since Toronto was fairly deep on the blueline, Berehowsky saw less playing time in 1993-94 and at the start of the next season. In April 1995 Toronto shipped him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for stay-at-home defenceman Grant Jennings. He toiled briefly in the minors until joining the young Edmonton Oilers in 1997-98.

Berehowsky played a more controlled and confident game for the Oilers while supplying an element of grit as well. He was given even greater responsibility after he was claimed by the expansion Nashville Predators in 1998. Berehowsky worked the power-play and helped guide the club's transition game. In 1999-2000 he set career highs with 12 goals and 32 points. His improvement made him a sought after commodity at the 2001 trading deadline. The Predators dealt him to the Vancouver Canucks where he spent the early part of the 2001-02 season before joining the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the season.

After parts of two seasons with the Coyotes, Berehowsky signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2003, his second stint with the club. Upon his arrival with the club, Berehowsky went on to register 21 points (5-16-21) in 47 games before being acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second half of the season for blueliner Ric Jackman.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Barrie Colts ON-Jr.B 40 10 36 46 81
1988-89 Kingston Raiders OHL 63 7 39 46 85
1988-89 Canada Nat-Tm 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 9 3 11 14 28
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 0 1 1 25 -6
1990-91 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 13 5 13 18 38
1990-91 North Bay Centennials OHL 26 7 23 30 51 10 2 7 9 21
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1991-92 North Bay Centennials OHL 62 19 63 82 147 21 7 24 31 22
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 6 0 5 5 21
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 4 15 19 61 +1
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 28 10 17 27 38
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 49 2 8 10 63 -3
1993-94 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 18 3 12 15 40
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 25 0 2 2 15 -10
1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 0 0 13 +1 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 +1
1995-96 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 74 6 28 34 141 3 0 3 3 6
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 49 2 15 17 55
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons IHL 16 3 4 7 36
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 1 6 7 169 +1 12 1 2 3 14
1997-98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 8 2 0 2 21 0
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 74 2 15 17 140 -9
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 79 12 20 32 87 -4
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 66 6 18 24 100 -9
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 1 1 2 21 0 4 0 0 0 12
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 1 2 3 18 -5
2001-02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 32 1 4 5 42 +5 5 0 1 1 4
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 1 2 3 27 0
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 5 16 21 50 -16
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 1 2 3 17 +5
2004-05 Skelleftea AIK HK Sweden-2 18 3 5 8 63
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 18 0 1 1 23 -3
2005-06 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 19 3 12 15 18 11 2 0 2 12
NHL Totals 549 37 112 149 848 22 1 3 4 30


OHL First All-Star Team (1992)
Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (1992)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for Grant Jennings, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, September 30, 1997. Traded to Nashville by Edmonton with Eric Fichaud and Greg de Vries for Mikhail Shtalenkov and Jim Dowd, October 1, 1998. Traded to Vancouver by Nashville for Atlanta's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Nashville selected Timofei Shishkanov) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 9, 2001. Traded to Phoenix by Vancouver with Denis Pederson for Todd Warriner, Trevor Letowski, Tyler Bouck and Phoenix's 3rd round choice (later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Dimitri Pestunov) in 2003 Entry Draft, December 28, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 due to knee injury in training camp, September 24, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, August 29, 2003. Traded to Toronto by Pittsburgh for Ric Jackman, February 11, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Skelleftea (Sweden-2), December 22, 2004.