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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jan 3--Not Bobby Hull

I could take the easy way out and post my Bobby Hull autos. But a lot of people have them and know about him. I try to post some of the lesser known players so newer hockey fans may learn a little history of the game or something about a player (my sister just told me she read  my Norm Ullman post and didn't realize my aunt and uncle were neighbours with him). So today we will look at

Drake Berehowsky

Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 1 #10 overall 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

In 16 professional seasons as a player, the former first round pick accumulated 549 regular season games in the National Hockey League scattered between six different teams. Berehowsky was recalled midway through the 1992-93 season by the Maple Leafs.

In April 1995, Toronto shipped him to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Grant Jennings. He spent some time in the minors with Cleveland (IHL), San Antonio (IHL), Carolina (AHL) and Hamilton (AHL) until joining the young Edmonton Oilers in 1997-98. In 1998, Berehowsky was claimed by the Nashville Predators in the expansion draft. In 1999-2000, he set career highs with 12 goals and 32 points. At the 2001 trade deadline, the Predators dealt him to the Vancouver Canucks where he spent the early part of the 2001-02 season before joining the Phoenix Coyotes midway through the year.

After parts of two seasons with the Coyotes, Berehowsky signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer of 2003, his second stint with the club. Upon his arrival, Berehowsky went on to register 21 points (5-16-21) in 47 games before being acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second half of the season for Ric Jackman. He played briefly in Sweden and Germany before retiring following the 2005-06 season.
He is currently an assistant coach with the Peoria Rivermen.

Received this blue sharpie signed card IP. This was at Maple Leaf training camp in Hamilton. He was signing everything and for everybody. Too bad I didn't bring more. But then again, what would I do with 10 Berehowsky autographs.

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