Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Berg
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Beamsville Blades OHA-C 19 3 5 8 24
1983-84 Grimsby Peach Kings ON-Jr.B 39 5 20 25 107
1984-85 Grimsby Peach Kings ON-Jr.B 42 10 22 32 153
1985-86 Toronto Marlboros OHL 64 3 35 38 143 4 0 0 0 19
1985-86 Springfield Indians AHL 4 1 1 2 4
1986-87 Toronto Marlboros OHL 57 3 15 18 138
1987-88 Springfield Indians AHL 76 6 26 32 148
1987-88 Peoria Rivermen IHL 5 0 1 1 8 7 0 3 3 31
1988-89 New York Islanders NHL 7 1 2 3 10 -2
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 69 17 32 49 122
1989-90 Springfield Indians AHL 74 12 42 54 74 15 5 12 17 35
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 78 9 14 23 67 -3
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 47 5 9 14 28 -18
1991-92 Capital District Islanders AHL 3 0 2 2 16
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 22 6 3 9 49 +4
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 7 8 15 54 -1 21 1 1 2 18
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 83 8 11 19 93 -3 18 1 2 3 10
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 5 1 6 26 -11 7 0 1 1 4
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 23 1 1 2 33 -6
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 18 2 1 3 8 0 10 1 0 1 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 67 8 6 14 37 +2 3 0 0 0 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 67 1 9 10 55 -15
1998-99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 16 4 7 11 23 +11
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 2 2 4 28 +4 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 546 55 67 122 488 61 3 4 7 34


Claimed on waivers by Toronto from NY Islanders, December 3, 1992. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for Nick Kypreos, February 29, 1996. Traded to Ottawa by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 2nd round choice (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Jordan Leopold) in 1999 Entry Draft for Stan Neckar, November 27, 1998.