Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Aki Berg
Berg starred for the junior and senior clubs in his hometown and caught the attention of many pro scouts with his size, mobility and hard low shot from the point. He was one of the top-rated players prior to the 1995 NHL Entry Draft and was the third player taken when his name was called by the Kings.

Berg was eased into the L.A. lineup over the next three seasons but was never able to elevate himself above the responsibilities of a fifth or sixth defenceman. He was chosen to play for Finland at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and helped his country capture the bronze medal.

The Kings gave up on the young Finn in March 2001 and dealt the former first rounder to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Upon his arrival with the Maple Leafs, Berg scored three goals in 12 games and was solid during eleven post-season games.

Over the course of the next three seasons, Berg kept his game simple and his durability became an asset to the Toronto blueline. During the 2003-04 season, Berg reached the 500-games played plateau, and the following year returned to Europe to compete with Timra IK in Sweden during the NHL lockout. As the NHL game returned, so too did Aki Berg on Maple Leaf blue-line. Berg went on to spend another season with the Leafs in 2005-06 and represent his homeland at the 2006 Winter Olympics, capturing a silver medal. Berg returned to Europe in 2006, signing as a free agent with Turku in Finland.

On the international stage, Berg has represented his homeland at the 1997 World Junior Championships, the World Championships (1999-2001, 2003), the World Cup of Hockey (2004) and the Winter Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006).


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 39 18 24 42 24
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 6 0 3 3 4
1993-94 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 21 3 11 14 24 7 0 0 0 10
1993-94 TPS Turku U18 Fin-U18 3 2 1 3 6
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 12 1 1 2 16
1993-94 Finland EJC-A 5 1 5 6 12
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 5 0 0 0 4
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 8 1 0 1 30
1994-95 TPS Turku U18 Fin-U18 6 2 8 10 42 3 1 1 2 6
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 20 3 9 12 34
1994-95 Finland EJC-A 5 0 1 1 10
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 0 7 7 29 -13
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 20 0 3 3 18 2 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 2 6 8 24 -9
1996-97 Finland WJC-A 6 0 2 2 8
1996-97 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 23 1 3 4 21
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 0 8 8 61 +3 4 0 3 3 0
1997-98 Finland Olympics 6 0 0 0 6
1998-99 TPS Turku Finland 48 8 7 15 137 9 1 1 2 45
1998-99 Finland Nat-Tm 9 1 2 3 16
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 0 0 0 29
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 3 13 16 45 -1 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Finland Nat-Tm 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 1 0 1 6 +5
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 0 4 4 43 +3
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 3 0 3 2 -6 11 0 2 2 4
2000-01 Finland WC-A 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 81 1 10 11 46 +14 20 0 1 1 37
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 1 0 1 2 -1
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 4 7 11 28 +3 7 1 1 2 2
2002-03 Finland WC-A 6 1 3 4 10 +3
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 2 7 9 40 -1 10 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 5 0 1 1 2
2004-05 Timra IK Sweden 47 6 14 20 46 7 0 0 0 6
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 0 8 8 56 -5
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 0 0 0 4 +4
2005-06 Finland WC-A 9 2 0 2 6 +4
2006-07 TPS Turku Finland 54 5 19 24 62 2 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Finland WC-A 9 1 0 1 18 +1
2007-08 TPS Turku Finland 14 0 6 6 28 2 0 0 0 0
2008-09 TPS Turku Finland 43 4 9 13 57 +4 8 0 0 0 31
2009-10 TPS Turku Finland 35 1 4 5 62 +3
2010-11 TPS Turku Finland 10 0 1 1 16 -7
NHL Totals 606 15 70 85 374 54 1 7 8 47


Traded to Toronto by Los Angeles for Adam Mair and Toronto's 2nd round choice (Michael Cammalleri) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Timra (Sweden), September 22, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Turku (Finland), April 26, 2006.