Aki Berg
Aki Berg (black) preparing for a faceoff.
Position Defence
Shoots Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
216 lb (98 kg)
Teams NHL
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Timrå IK
Born July 28 1977 (1977-07-28) (age 42),
Raisio, Finland
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 1995
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 1993 – 2011
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Aki-Petteri Berg (born July 28, 1977) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted third overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played both for the Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs over eight seasons and has represented Team Finland twice at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey in which Finland lost in the finals to host Canada, and a silver medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics.[1]

Draft status and early years Edit

Although Berg had developed into a solid regular NHL defenceman, he nonetheless failed to shed his underachiever tag after entering the NHL in 1995–96 from Finland. As a teenager playing for TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga, Berg was thought to be a cannot miss prospect. Thus, while he turned into a nice complementary player at the NHL level, he nonetheless failed to have the impact that was expected of him. Some analysts feel that, had Berg been given time to refine his offensive game in Finland, as well as some minor technical aspects, he would have become an impact NHL defenceman. He was traded from Los Angeles to Toronto on March 13, 2001 for Adam Mair and a 2nd round draft pick (later used to select Mike Cammalleri) as the Leafs wished for an injection of youth into a rapidly aging roster. In April 2006, after the Leafs failed to make the playoffs, Berg signed with TPS and returned to his native Finland. Aki-Petteri Berg is also known with nickaname: "GOD" and "the King" since 1995.

Performance as a Leaf Edit

After his trade to Toronto (Berg scored three times in 12 games with the Leafs during the regular-season that year), Berg played a quiet, if not entirely unspectacular style. Berg played in 78, 79, and 81 games during his first three full seasons in Toronto.

Berg was a commonly attacked player by Toronto fans. The Toronto Star noted that "he was relentlessly booed as a Maple Leaf" and "reviled Leaf defender in the post- Larry Murphy era"[2] On After the Horn, Andy Frost said that "[Berg] is one of the most underrated players on [the Leafs]."

Present statusEdit

As a result of the NHL lock-out, Berg returned to Europe in order to play in Sweden with Timrå IK. In 47 games, Berg was the team's top all-around defenceman, recording 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points during the 2004–05 Swedish Elitserien regular-season. He returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2005/2006 season.

In 531 career NHL regular-season games with Toronto and Los Angeles Berg has 15 goals and 62 assists for 77 points with a +/- rating of -7 and 318 penalty minutes. In 54 career post-season games he has recorded 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points with a +2 rating and 47 penalty minutes. On April 25, 2006, Berg signed with TPS of Finland's SM-liiga.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95Kiekko-67 TurkuFinD120391234
1995–96Phoenix RoadrunnersIHL200331820004
1995–96Los Angeles KingsNHL5107729
1996–97Phoenix RoadrunnersIHL2313421
1996–97Los Angeles KingsNHL4126824
1997–98Los Angeles KingsNHL720886140330
1999–00Los Angeles KingsNHL70313164520002
2000–01Los Angeles KingsNHL4704443
2000–01Toronto Maple LeafsNHL123032110224
2001–02Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8111011462001137
2002–03Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7847112871122
2003–04Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7927940100002
2004–05Timra IKSEL47614204670006
2005–06Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7508856
NHL totals 606 15 70 85 374 54 1 7 8 47


  1. Aki Berg player profile. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2011-01-11.
  2. "Berg takes elite league by storm." Paul Hunter. Toronto Star. Nov 16, 2006. pg. B.3

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jamie Storr
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Olli Jokinen
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