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|Aki Berg (black) preparing for a faceoff.|
| 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
216 lb (98 kg)
|Teams|| NHL |
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Born|| July 28 1977,|
|NHL Draft|| 3rd overall, 1995|
Los Angeles Kings
|Pro Career||1993 – 2011|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||1998 Nagano||Ice hockey|
|Silver||2006 Turin||Ice hockey|
Aki-Petteri Berg (born July 28, 1977) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted third overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played both for the Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs over eight seasons and has represented Team Finland twice at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey in which Finland lost in the finals to host Canada, and a silver medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics.
Draft status and early years Edit
Although Berg had developed into a solid regular NHL defenceman, he nonetheless failed to shed his underachiever tag after entering the NHL in 1995–96 from Finland. As a teenager playing for TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga, Berg was thought to be a cannot miss prospect. Thus, while he turned into a nice complementary player at the NHL level, he nonetheless failed to have the impact that was expected of him. Some analysts feel that, had Berg been given time to refine his offensive game in Finland, as well as some minor technical aspects, he would have become an impact NHL defenceman. He was traded from Los Angeles to Toronto on March 13, 2001 for Adam Mair and a 2nd round draft pick (later used to select Mike Cammalleri) as the Leafs wished for an injection of youth into a rapidly aging roster. In April 2006, after the Leafs failed to make the playoffs, Berg signed with TPS and returned to his native Finland. Aki-Petteri Berg is also known with nickaname: "GOD" and "the King" since 1995.
Performance as a Leaf Edit
After his trade to Toronto (Berg scored three times in 12 games with the Leafs during the regular-season that year), Berg played a quiet, if not entirely unspectacular style. Berg played in 78, 79, and 81 games during his first three full seasons in Toronto.
Berg was a commonly attacked player by Toronto fans. The Toronto Star noted that "he was relentlessly booed as a Maple Leaf" and "reviled Leaf defender in the post- Larry Murphy era" On After the Horn, Andy Frost said that "[Berg] is one of the most underrated players on [the Leafs]."
As a result of the NHL lock-out, Berg returned to Europe in order to play in Sweden with Timrå IK. In 47 games, Berg was the team's top all-around defenceman, recording 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points during the 2004–05 Swedish Elitserien regular-season. He returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2005/2006 season.
In 531 career NHL regular-season games with Toronto and Los Angeles Berg has 15 goals and 62 assists for 77 points with a +/- rating of -7 and 318 penalty minutes. In 54 career post-season games he has recorded 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points with a +2 rating and 47 penalty minutes. On April 25, 2006, Berg signed with TPS of Finland's SM-liiga.
Career statistics Edit
|1995–96||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||51||0||7||7||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||41||2||6||8||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||0||8||8||61||4||0||3||3||0|
|1999–00||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||70||3||13||16||45||2||0||0||0||2|
|2000–01||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||47||0||4||4||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||12||3||0||3||2||11||0||2||2||4|
|2001–02||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||81||1||10||11||46||20||0||1||1||37|
|2002–03||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||78||4||7||11||28||7||1||1||2||2|
|2003–04||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||79||2||7||9||40||10||0||0||0||2|
|2005–06||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||75||0||8||8||56||—||—||—||—||—|
- Aki Berg's NHL player profile
- Aki Berg at TSN.ca
- Aki Berg's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
|Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick|
| Succeeded by|
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