Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Barry Pederson
In 1981, Boston Bruins assistant GM Tom Johnson was understandably excited as he watched his young prospect Barry Pederson perform at the Memorial Cup tournament. As a Victoria Cougar, Pederson, a crafty centremen whose season was shortened by an injury, finished third in the WHL scoring race.

Pederson joined the Bruins for full-time work in 1981 and proceeded to light the scoreboard on fire. Teamed with Rick Middleton, he notched 366 points in 268 regular season and playoff games. He finished a close second to Dale Hawerchuk for the Calder Trophy during his rookie season and his 44 goals as a freshman still stands as a Bruin record.

But in 1984-85, Pederson's momentum crashed to a halt. A serious tumor was discovered growing in his right forearm. He missed 58 games while healing from surgery that saw a 4"x 6" piece of muscle transferred from his shoulder to his forearm. Some questioned whether he'd ever play hockey again. But Pederson's determination and aggressive therapy allowed for his return to the Bruins lineup where he tallied 76 points.

In 1986, however, Pederson's price tag grew too large for Bruins GM Harry Sinden who shipped the centreman to Vancouver in exchange for Cam Neely. Pederson performed well for a couple of seasons until his effectiveness in the league began to wane.

He was traded to the Penguins in 1989-90 where his numbers fell off dramatically. He put in brief stints with the Whalers, Bruins and Maine Mariners of the AHL before retiring in 1992.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 64 44 74 118 31
1977-78 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 63 51 102 153 68
1977-78 Victoria Cougars WCJHL 3 1 4 5 2
1978-79 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 31 53 84 41
1979-80 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 52 88 140 50 16 13 14 27 31
1980-81 Victoria Cougars WHL 55 65 82 147 65 15 15 21 36 10
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 9 1 4 5 6 -5
1980-81 Victoria Cougars M-Cup 4 4 1 5 6
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 80 44 48 92 53 +27 11 7 11 18 2
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 77 46 61 107 47 +38 17 14 18 32 21
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 80 39 77 116 64 +27 3 0 1 1 2
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 22 4 8 12 10 -11
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 79 29 47 76 60 +19 3 1 0 1 0
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 24 52 76 50 -13
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 2 3 5 2
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 19 52 71 92 +2
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 15 26 41 22 +5
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 2 7 9 10 -3
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 4 18 22 29 -10
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 6 8 14 21 +2
1991-92 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 2 2 4 0 -2
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 6 9 8 -5
1991-92 Maine Mariners AHL 14 5 13 18 6
NHL Totals 701 238 416 654 472 34 22 30 52 25


BCJHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1980)
WHL First All-Star Team (1981) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1984)
Missed majority of 1984-85 due to surgery to remove benign tumour from shoulder, December, 1985. Traded to Vancouver by Boston for Cam Neely and Vancouver's 1st round choice (Glen Wesley) in 1987 Entry Draft, June 6, 1986. Traded to Pittsburgh by Vancouver with Rod Buskas and Tony Tanti for Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn, January 8, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Hartford, September 5, 1991. Traded to Boston by Hartford for future considerations, November 14, 1991.