Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Perry Berezan
Centre Perry Berezan was a fine playmaker as an amateur but adapted himself to a defensive role in the NHL. His solid defensive play and consistent effort allowed him to play nearly 400 NHL games during a solid career.

The native of Edmonton, Alberta was a prolific scorer with the At. Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior league for two seasons. After a 37-goal output in 1982-83, he was chosen 56th overall by the Calgary Flames at the Entry Draft. Berezan's next step was to enroll at the University of North Dakota in 1983 where scored 51 goals in two years with Fighting Sioux. He joined the Flames for nine late season games and two post-season matches in 1984-85 before preparing for training camp.

The hard working forward impressed the Flames' brass and made the team in 1985-86. He scored 33 points and was a +19 as a rookie playing at even strength and on the penalty-killing unit. That spring he was credited with the winning goal in the quarter-final upset of the Edmonton Oilers after Steve Smith put the puck in his own net during the third period of the seventh game. Calgary made it all the way to the finals that year but fell short against the Montreal Canadiens.

During the late 1980s, Berezan played less as a result of nagging injuries and the immense depth on the Calgary roster. Prior to the trade deadline in March 1989, he was sent to the Minnesota North Stars where he was a solid role player for parts of three seasons. In 1991 he was claimed by the expansion San Jose Sharks and scored 12 goals for the new club in its first year. He retired in 1993 after playing one more year in San Jose.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 St. Albert Saints AJHL 47 16 36 52 47
1982-83 St. Albert Saints AJHL 57 37 40 77 110
1983-84 University of North Dakota WCHA 44 28 24 52 29
1984-85 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 23 35 58 32
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 9 3 2 5 4 +5 2 1 0 1 4
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 55 12 21 33 39 +19 8 1 1 2 6
1986-87 Calgary Flames NHL 24 5 3 8 24 +4 2 0 2 2 7
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 29 7 12 19 66 +11 8 0 2 2 13
1988-89 Calgary Flames NHL 35 4 4 8 23 +5
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 16 1 4 5 4 +1 5 1 2 3 4
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 64 3 12 15 31 -4 5 1 0 1 0
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars Fr-Tour 3 0 1 1 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 52 11 6 17 30 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 0 0 0 2
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 66 12 7 19 30 -26
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 3 4 7 28 -18
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 9 4 4 8 31
NHL Totals 378 61 75 136 279 31 4 7 11 34


Traded to Minnesota by Calgary with Shane Churla for Brian MacLellan and Minnesota's 4th round pick (Robert Reichel) in 1989 NHL Draft, March 4, 1989. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, October 10, 1991.
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