Monday, January 29, 2007

DU Hockey Legends - DOUG BERRY

While playing in junior hockey in British Columbia, Doug Berry showed the ability to put the puck in the net, but it was his playmaking skills that was the strength of his game. He was known for his pinpoint passing and ability to find linemates open along the wings. In his last year in the BCJHL he led the league with 103 assists along with 37 goals.

In 1975-76 Berry enrolled at the University of Denver where he played for three years. In the summer of 1977 he was selected in the third round, 38th overall in the NHL Amateur Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Doug centered players such as Mark Davidson, Tom Zajac and Perry Schnarr while at DU. He was the #1 centerman on DU's 1977-78 team which went 33-6-1 and won the WCHA Championship. Upon leaving school, Berry decided to play professionally in the World Hockey Association, having also been selected by the Calgary Cowboys. However, when the Calgary franchise folded, Berry signed with the Edmonton Oilers. After a year in Edmonton the WHA merged with the NHL.

Berry was re-claimed by Colorado in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft where he played for a year-and-a-half.
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In 1981-82 Berry was presented with the opportunity to play in Germany, With the exception of one year in Switzerland, Berry played ten of his last eleven years in Germany, retiring after the 1991-92 season. Berry's younger brother Ken also played at DU and in the NHL with Edmonton and Vancouver. His youngest brother, Dave, also played at DU.

AWARDS AND HONORS

BCJHL MVP: 1974-75 (Kelowna)
BCJHL Rookie of Year: 1974-75 (Kelowna)
BCJHL All-Star Game: 1975 (Kelowna)
BCJHL Assists Leader: 1974-75 (Kelowna) (103 assists)

NCAA West All-America First Team: 1977-78 (Denver)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1977-78 (Denver)
Denver Masterton Award (MVP): 1977-78
Denver University Male Athlete of Year: 1977-78
NHL Draft Pick: 1977 (by Colorado, No. 38 overall in Round 3)
WHA Draft Pick: 1977 (by Calgary, No. 17 overall in Round 2)
Denver Records: Most goals in a game (5 vs. Air Force on Feb. 14, 1978, shares record)
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Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as U.S. college hockey's No. 1 prospect for the 1977 NHL draft.

CHL Adams Cup: 1979 (Dallas)
West German Championship: 1986, 1987, 1988 (Cologne)

Compiled by du78 from The Legends of Hockey and Hockey Draft Central

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