The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Brad Berry as an assistant coach, General Manager Scott Howson announced Wednesday.
"We are pleased to have Brad Berry join Scott Arniel's coaching staff," said Howson. "His experience in working with defensemen will add significant value to our organization."
Berry, 45, joins the Blue Jackets after spending two seasons as an assistant coach on Arniel's staff with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, the top affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks, from 2006-2008. He helped the Moose to a North Division title in 2006-07, as well as a pair of playoff appearances.
Prior to joining the Moose, Berry spent six seasons as a coach with the University of North Dakota, including the final two seasons as associate head coach. During his tenure, he helped the Fighting Sioux win WCHA Division titles in 2001 and 2004, the WCHA playoff title in 2006 and advance to the Frozen Four in 2001, 2005 and 2006. He spent the 1999-2000 season as interim assistant coach of the former International Hockey League's Michigan K-Wings.
Berry was the third pick, No. 29, of the Winnipeg Jets in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut in 1985-86 and was a teammate of Arniel. Berry collected 4 goals and 28 assists with 323 penalty minutes in 241 career games with the Jets and Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars. He added 0-1-1 and 16 penalty minutes in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.