Marc-André Bergeron

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Marc-André Bergeron
Marc-Andre Bergeron 2013-04-27.JPG
Bergeron with the Hurricanes in 2013.
Born (1980-10-13) October 13, 1980 (age 33)
St-Louis-de-France, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Defence/forward
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
ZSC Lions
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Anaheim Ducks
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Marc-André Bergeron (born October 13, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently under contract with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A (NLA). Known in the National Hockey League as a power play specialist, more than half of Bergeron's career goals and points came on the man-advantage.

Playing career[edit]

Bergeron was signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001. The fast-skating defenceman, with a penchant for end-to-end rushes, reminded some of former Oiler great Paul Coffey. Bergeron's popularity with Edmonton fans was cemented during the 2003 playoffs when he sent Dallas Stars' Brenden Morrow head-over-heels with an open-ice hip check. Bergeron is well known more for his impressive slapshot than his defensive abilities. At the Edmonton Oilers skills competition, held November 26, 2006, he recorded his second straight victory in the hardest shot competition with a puck speed of 103.5 mph (approximately 165 km/h).

While still with the Oilers, near the end of game one of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Bergeron tried to steer Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrew Ladd wide of the net. However, the two of them piled into Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson, causing Roloson to be injured for the remainder of the Finals. The Oilers managed to re-group without Roloson but ultimately fell to the Hurricanes during game seven of the series.

Bergeron during his time with the Minnesota Wild

After parting ways with the Oilers, Bergeron went on to play with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. On October 6, 2009, after star defenceman Andrei Markov was injured, Bergeron signed a 1-year contract worth $750,000 US with the Montreal Canadiens. Bergeron proved to be a valuable component to the Canadiens, playing forward on the fourth line as well as defence on power plays. He did, however, suffer a long scoring slump between December 31, 2009 until March 31, 2010.[1] When Bergeron became a free agent on July 1, 2010, the Canadiens did not re-sign him.

He was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent on January 4 and assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of American Hockey League where he recorded two goals and eight points in 13 games. Bergeron was recalled to the Lightning on February 5 and spent the remainder of the season in Tampa Bay, appeared in 23 games with the Lightning last season, recording two goals and eight points, including one game-winning goal. He recorded two assists in his Lightning debut on February 6 against the St. Louis Blues and became the third player in franchise history to score his first Lightning goal in overtime (Millar, Gagne) on February 12 versus Carolina. Bergeron became a fan-favourite and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals, against the Boston Bruins. On the 28th of June 2011, Bergeron was re-signed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $2,000,000.

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Bergeron was traded by the Lightning to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Adam Hall and a seventh-round draft pick on April 2, 2013.[2]

On July 19, 2013, Bergeron left the NHL as a free agent and signed to a three-year contract with ZSC Lions of the Swiss NLA.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 40 6 14 20 48
1998–99 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 46 8 14 22 57
1998–99 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 24 6 7 13 66 5 2 2 4 24
1999–00 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 70 24 50 74 173 13 4 7 11 45
2000–01 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 69 42 59 101 185 10 4 11 15 24
2001–02 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 50 2 13 15 61 9 1 4 5 8
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 66 8 31 39 73 20 0 7 7 25
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 1 1 2 9 1 0 1 1 0
2003–04 Edmonton Oilers NHL 54 9 17 26 26
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 17 4 3 7 23
2004–05 Trois-Rivières Caron & Guay LNAH 10 7 5 12 6
2004–05 Brynäs IF SEL 10 3 2 5 72
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 15 20 35 38 18 2 1 3 14
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 8 17 25 28
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 23 6 15 21 10 5 1 1 2 6
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 46 9 9 18 16
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 0 1 1 4
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 72 14 18 32 30
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 0 6 6 0
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 13 21 34 16 19 2 4 6 10
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 13 2 6 8 6
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 2 6 8 8 14 2 1 3 9
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 43 4 20 24 20
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 12 1 4 5 4
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 13 0 4 4 5
NHL totals 490 82 153 235 214 57 7 8 15 39

Transactions[edit]

  • July 20, 2001 - signed as free agent with Edmonton Oilers.
  • February 18, 2007 - traded to New York Islanders with 2008 3rd round selection for Denis Grebeshkov.
  • February 26, 2008 - traded to Anaheim Ducks for 2008 3rd round selection.
  • June 10, 2008 - traded to Minnesota Wild for a 2008 3rd round pick.
  • October 6, 2009 - Signed as free agent with Montreal Canadiens.
  • January 4, 2011 - Signed one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • June 28, 2011 - Signed two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • April 2, 2013 - Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Adam Hall and a 2013 7th Round Pick

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