COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Brad Berry as assistant coach, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
"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 head coach Scott Arniel's staff with the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, the top affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks, from 2006-08. 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, he 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.
Winnipeg's third pick, 29th overall, in the 1983 Entry Draft, Berry made his NHL debut with the Jets at the end of the 1985-86 season and went on to play parts of eight seasons in the NHL. He collected four goals and 28 assists for 32 point sand 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. He and Arniel were teammates with the Jets during the 1985-86 season.
The Bashaw, Alberta native, Berry played parts of 10 seasons in the AHL and IHL, collecting 28-105-133 and 649 penalty minutes in 490 career games with Moncton (AHL), Kalamazoo/Michigan (IHL). He added 2-5-7 and 22 penalty minutes in 21 career playoff games. He was named to the IHL All-Star Team in 1992, 1994 and 1995. He retired as a player following the 1998-99 season.
Prior to his professional career, Berry played three seasons at North Dakota, where he registered 12-62-74 and 60 penalty minutes in 112 games. He represented Canada at the 1985 World Junior Championships and tallied 0-1-1 in seven games en route to helping Canada win the gold medal.
Berry was born April 1, 1965. He and his wife Suzanne, are the parents of daughters, Brianna and Brooke and son, Bauer.
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