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CATCHING UP WITH BOB BERRY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LAKings.com's Mike Kalinowski caught up with former Kings player and coach, and current Kings scout Bob Berry as part of his weekly "Catching up with..." series.


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Name: Bob Berry
Position: Left Wing
Born: Nov. 29, 1943 (Montreal, Quebec)
Acquired By Kings: Traded from Montreal to Los Angeles for future considerations on Oct. 8, 1970.
Years With The Kings: 1970-77

Career With The Kings:
  • Recorded 350 points (159-191=350) in 539 career regular season games with the Kings as a left wing.
  • Ranks 11th all-time on the Kings all-time scoring list with 350 points and third all-time for goals scored by a Kings left wing with 159.
  • Scored 20 or more goals five times during his Kings playing career and totaled a career high 36 goals with the Kings during the 1972-73 season.
  • A member of the 1974-75 Kings, a team that finished with the highest point total in club history (105 points).
  • Represented the Kings at the 1973 and 1974 NHL All-Star Games.
  • Served as Head Coach of the Kings from 1978-81, leading his club to the playoffs in all three seasons.
  • Credited with putting together the “Triple Crown Line” of left wing Charlie Simmer, right wing Dave Taylor and center Marcel Dionne during the 1978-79 season.
Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:
  • Played semi-pro football for the Montreal Rifles in 1964-1965.
  • Also played briefly for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1968-69 season.
  • Served as Montreal’s Head Coach from 1981-84, the Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach from 1984-87 and the St. Louis Blues Head Coach from 1992-94.
  • Has spent time behind NHL benches as an Assistant Coach for St. Louis (1988-92 and 1994-96) and San Jose (1998-00).
What He’s Doing Now:
  • Currently employed by the Kings as a Pro Scout.
Interview Highlights:
  • Scored two goals in his Kings debut during the 1970-71 season.
  • His linemates were center Juha Widing and right wing Mike Byers that first season.
  • Greatest thrill was being on the ice with Bob Pulford, who Berry watched win championships with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Credits Pulford with teaching the Kings how to win.
  • Served as a player/coach with Springfield in the American Hockey League in 1977-78, and that led to his coaching job with the Kings the following season.
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