Left-winger Bill Berg was a superior defensive player and agitator during his decade of NHL service. He was a quick skater who was known throughout the league for finishing his checks and getting under the skin of most opponents.
The native of Beamsville, Ontario played junior with the OHL's Toronto Marlboros. He was chosen 59th overall by the New York Islanders at the 1986 Entry Draft and proceeded to spend the bulk of his first three pro years in the AHL. Beginning in 1990-91 he was a useful grinder and checker for New York.
In December 1992, Berg was claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs and quickly formed an outstanding checking line with Peter Zezel and Mark Osborne. The tenacious winger's close checking helped the Leafs reach the semi-finals in 1993 and 1994. He also scored the occasional goal and was a fan favourite for his willingness to play the body.
When Toronto began to slide in 1995-96, Berg was traded to the New York Rangers where he was a useful role player through the 1997-98 season. The veteran needler retired in 1999 after helping the Ottawa Senators finish first in the Northeast Division with 103 points.