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Bryan Berard Appointed President Of Extreme!

By Colorado Extreme, 06/17/24, 9:30AM CDT


Early Life and Junior Career

Bryan Berard was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and developed a passion for hockey at a young age. His talent quickly became evident, and he excelled at Mount Saint Charles Academy, a renowned hockey school. Berard's exceptional skills on the ice earned him recognition as one of the top young defensemen in the country.

Entry into the NHL

Berard's outstanding junior career culminated in being selected first overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. However, he was traded to the New York Islanders before ever playing a game for Ottawa, making his NHL debut with the Islanders in the 1996-97 season. Berard made an immediate impact, scoring 8 goals and 40 assists in his rookie season, earning him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

NHL Career Highlights

New York Islanders (1996-1999): Berard's early years with the Islanders showcased his offensive skills and defensive prowess. His dynamic play quickly made him a fan favorite.

Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-2001): In January 1999, Berard was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. His tenure with Toronto was marked by a significant setback when he suffered a severe eye injury in March 2000. Despite the severity of the injury, which nearly cost him his eye, Berard's determination and resilience saw him make a remarkable comeback.

Inspirational Comeback

Berard's return to the NHL was nothing short of inspirational. After extensive surgeries and rehabilitation, he signed with the New York Rangers for the 2001-02 season. His ability to overcome adversity and return to professional hockey was a testament to his dedication and love for the game.

Chicago Blackhawks (2003-2004): Berard continued to demonstrate his offensive abilities with the Blackhawks, scoring 13 goals and adding 34 assists in 58 games during the 2003-04 season.

Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets (2005-2008): He played for the Bruins and Blue Jackets, contributing significantly despite ongoing challenges with his vision.

Return to the Islanders (2007-2008): Berard returned to where his NHL career began, bringing experience and leadership to the Islanders during the 2007-08 season.

Retirement and Legacy

After retiring from professional hockey following the 2007-08 season, Berard left an indelible mark on the sport. Throughout his career, he played 619 NHL games, scoring 76 goals and 247 assists for a total of 323 points. His journey from a top draft pick to overcoming a near-career-ending injury and making a successful comeback is a story of resilience and passion.

New Role: President of Colorado Extreme

In an exciting new chapter, Bryan Berard has joined Colorado Extreme as the organization's President. His extensive experience, leadership qualities, and deep understanding of the game make him an ideal fit for this role. Berard is set to lead Colorado Extreme to new heights, fostering the development of young talent and promoting the growth of hockey in the region.

Legacy Beyond the Ice

Bryan Berard's story continues to inspire both on and off the ice. As President of Colorado Extreme, he brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of overcoming challenges, ensuring a bright future for the organization and its players. His journey from NHL star to executive leader exemplifies the dedication and passion that define his career.