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Perry Berezan
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Born December 5, 1964 (1964-12-05) (age 54)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Played for Calgary Flames
Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 55th overall, 1983
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1985–1993

Perry Berezan (born Perry Edmund Berezan on December 5, 1964) is a Canadian former ice hockey centre who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985 and 1993.

He was selected in the third round (55th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

He also played for the Minnesota North Stars & San Jose Sharks and is also an alumnus of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey program.

Playing CareerEdit

Junior & College Playing HockeyEdit

Perry played two seasons of Junior A with the St. Albert Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) between 1981 and 1983.

In 104 games for the Saints, he recorded 53 goals and 129 points.

He was later recognized by the AJHL as one of its top-50 all-time players during the league's 50th anniversary in 2013–14.

The Calgary Flames selected Perry with their third selection (55th overall) at the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, but he opted to first play college hockey with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

During his freshman season of 1983–84, he tied with Dan Brennan for the team lead at 28 goals.

Perry recorded 52 points as a freshman, and improved to 58 in 1984–85 as a sophomore. He recorded his 100th career point in his 75th game.

At the time, he became the second fastest in school history to reach the milestone (Troy Murray, 50 games).

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Opting to leave North Dakota after two seasons, Perry turned professional and joined the Flames late in the 1984–85 NHL season.

He appeared in nine games with Calgary and scored a point in each of his first four contests. His first NHL goal was scored March 20, 1985, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Though an offensive player in junior and college, Perry was converted to a defensive forward in the NHL. He posted 12 goals and 33 points in his first full season, 1985–86. He was credited with one goal during the playoffs following one of the most infamous blunders in NHL history.

In the seventh game of the Smythe Division Final against the Edmonton Oilers, Perry dumped the puck into the Edmonton zone before leaving the ice on a line change. Oilers defenceman Steve Smith recovered the puck behind his net and accidentally passed it off goaltender Grant Fuhr's skate and into his own goal.

As the last Flame to touch the puck, Perry was credited with the goal though he was on the bench when the puck went in. It proved to be the deciding marker in a 3–2 Calgary victory that also clinched the series.

Injuries plagued Perry throughout his tenure with Calgary.

Among his injuries over his five seasons with the Flames, he missed time due to a groin injury, broken leg, food poisoning and a concussion suffered following a hit by Edmonton's Mark Messier in 1988.

After appearing in 55 games in his rookie season, Perry played only 24 and 29 games for two years. He had appeared in 35 games for the Flames in 1988–89.

On March 4, 1989, the Flames traded Perry and Shane Churla to the Minnesota North Stars in exchange for Brian MacLellan and a fourth round pick at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

Perry appeared in 16 games with the North Stars to complete the season and finished the year with a combined 51 games played, 5 goals and 13 points.

He played 64 games in 1989–90, recording 15 points, and upped that to 17 points in 52 games in 1990–91. He left Minnesota following the season and signed a contract with the expansion San Jose Sharks.

After recording 19 points in a career-high 66 games in 1991–92, Perry split the following season between the Sharks and their International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Kansas City Blades. He retired in 1993.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 St. Albert Saints AJHL 4716365247
1982–83 St. Albert Saints AJHL57374077110
1983–84 North Dakota NCAA 4428245229
1984–85 North Dakota NCAA4223355832
1984–85 Calgary Flames NHL 9325421014
1985–86 Calgary Flames NHL551221333981126
1986–87 Calgary Flames NHL245382420227
1987–88 Calgary Flames NHL297121966802213
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL3544821
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL16145451234
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL64312153151010
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL52116173010000
1990–91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 20002
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL661271930
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL2834728
1992–93 Kansas City Blades IHL 944831
NHL totals 378 61 75 136 277 31 4 7 11 34

Personal LifeEdit

After leaving hockey, Perry returned to the University of North Dakota where he earned a commerce degree and became a financial planner and investment advisor.

He and his wife, Marie, have three children and reside in Calgary.

An active member of the Calgary community, he is associated with the Alberta Pro-Am hockey tournaments that raise money to fight Alzheimer's disease.

He is also a longtime member of the Calgary Flames Alumni Association & supports causes such as the Special Olympics and KidSport Calgary.