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Ron Berteling
Born (1957-09-06)6 September 1957,
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height
Weight
0 ft 0 in (0.00 m)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Amsterdam Tigers
Rotterdam Panda's
Amsterdam G's
Ntl. team Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
Playing career 1974–2013


Ron Berteling (born 6 September 1957) is a Dutch retired ice hockey player and coach. He represented the Netherlands ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and served as captain of the Netherlands men's national ice hockey team from 1982 to 1993. He appeared in 14 Ice Hockey World Championships, and holds the record of 213 games played for the national team. He played in 26 seasons of the Eredivisie, competing the Netherlands' top league for the Amsterdam Tigers and the Rotterdam Panda's. He was named the league's most valuable player for the 1987–88 season, won four Eredivisie titles, five Dutch Cups as a player and a sixth as a coach. He received the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1994, was made the namesake of the Ron Berteling Schaal in 2007, and received the Torriani Award from the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2020.

Early life

Berteling was born on 6 September 1957, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1][2][3] His family was active in sports and basketball. He began ice skating at age seven, and also played football and tennis as a youth.[1][3] He was attracted to ice hockey due to its speed and the desire to play a team sport. Wayne Gretzky was one of his early hockey heroes.[4]

Playing career

Berteling's professional hockey career began at age 17, when he made his debut in the Netherlands' top league (Eredivisie) during the 1974–75 season.[3] His first Ice Hockey World Championships was in 1978 with the Netherlands men's national ice hockey team at age 20, in which he helped his country earn promotion from Group C to Group B. He returned the following year and helped the Netherlands earn promotion again at the 1979 World Championships from Group B to Group A for the 1981 World Championships, and qualify for ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics.[3] He won his first Dutch Cup as a player, with Amsterdam in 1980.[5] He became captain of the Netherlands national team in 1982, serving in the role until 1993.[2][3] Playing on Amsterdam, he won his first Eredivisie and another Dutch Cup in 1985.[6]

Berteling changed teams in 1986, and won another Eredivisie title and a Dutch Cup with Rotterdam in 1987.[7] He was named the most valuable player of the Eredivisie for the 1987–88 season, and received the Frans Henrichs Cup.[2] He won two more Eredivisie titles with Rotterdam in 1989 and 1990, and two Dutch Cups in 1990 and 1991.[8][9][10] He initially retired as a professional player in 1995, but returned three seasons later to the Netherlands second division. He played 11 games during the 1998–99 Eredivisie season and appeared in the 1999 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships at age 41. He played a total of 13 professional games during the next 14 seasons as a part-time player, and as an occasional player-coach until 2013.[2]

Netherlands men's national ice hockey team photo

Netherlands men's national ice hockey team at the 1987 Ice Hockey World Championships

Berteling finished his career playing 213 games and scored 195 points for the Netherlands national team at World Championships, the Olympic Games and other international events. He holds the record of the most games played for the national team as of 2020.[1][3] He scored more than 1,600 points and played over 900 career games combined in all levels of play, and appeared in 14 Ice Hockey World Championships.[1] He was referred to as "Mister Ice Hockey" in the Netherlands,[3] and was respected for his sportsmanship and was regularly among the least penalised players in the Netherlands.[1][3]

Coaching career

Berteling served as head coach of the Amsterdam Tigers from 2006 to 2011.[2] While coaching the Tigers, he won his sixth Dutch Cup in 2007,[11] and served as an assistant coach on the Netherlands men's national under-18 ice hockey team.[2] He later served as head coach of the Amsterdam Capitals during the 2011–12 season, the Amsterdam G's during the 2012–13 season, and the Amsterdam Tigers again during the 2015–16 season.[2] He retired from coaching professional hockey in 2016.[12]

Later life

Berteling retired to live in Amsterdam with his wife. He has stated that, "Amsterdam is a big city, but unfortunately there is little to no hockey publicity". He felt hockey teams should use social media to attract people to the game.[4] In retirement from coaching, he has focused on teaching hockey at clinics,[12] and worked a motivational speaker for sports teams.[13] As of 2020, he was conducting training sessions for youths and adults in Alkmaar, and wanted to stay involved for the love of the game.[14]

Honours and awards

Photo of Order of Orange-Nassau

Knight's Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau

Berteling became the first Dutch hockey player to be knighted in the Netherlands, when he received the Order of Orange-Nassau in 1994.[3] The Netherlands Ice Hockey Association established the Ron Berteling Schaal in 2007 named after him. It is a cup competition played as the first game of a season, between the winner of the previous Eredivisie season and the reigning Dutch Cup champion.[1] On 4 February 2020, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) named him that year's recipient of the Torriani Award, for an ice hockey player with an "outstanding career from non-top hockey nation". The formal presentation will be on the final day of the 2020 IIHF World Championship in Zürich.[3] Berteling will be the first Dutch person to received the Torriani Award.[14]

Career statistics

Professional Netherlands league statistics.[2]

    Regular Season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 1 1 1 2 2
1975–76 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 25 13 16 29 14
1976–77 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 32 12 24 36 12
1977–78 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 30 19 29 48 4
1978–79 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 36 24 29 53 28
1979–80 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 30 17 25 42 32
1980–81 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 31 31 31 62 20
1981–82 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 28 25 27 52 28
1982–83 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 28 25 23 48 12
1983–84 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 28 26 28 54 10
1984–85 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 35 34 49 83 20
1985–86 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 38 34 42 76 32
1986–87 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 26 17 23 40 16
1987–88 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 28 30 37 67 10
1988–89 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 27 12 24 36 10
1989–90 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 28 21 22 43 18
1990–91 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 24 17 21 38 2
1991–92 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 34 20 36 56 16
1992–93 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 28 16 37 53 12
1993–94 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 20 22 32 54 4
1994–95 Rotterdam Panda's Eredivisie 36 27 38 65 6
1997–98 Amsterdam Tigers II Eerste Divisie 4 8 5 13 4
1998–99 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 11 7 8 15 2
1999–2000 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 4 3 1 4 2
2001–02 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Amsterdam Tigers Eredivisie 4 2 2 4 2
2010–11 Amsterdam Tigers II Eerste Divisie 1 3 2 5 0
2012–13 Amsterdam G's Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 0
Eredivisie regular season totals 615 455 605 1060 314

International play

International statistics at the World Championships and Winter Olympics.[1][2]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1978 Netherlands World Championships Group C Gold medal icon.svg 7 3 4 7 8
1979 Netherlands World Championships Group B Gold medal icon.svg 6 3 2 5 0
1980 Netherlands Winter Olympics 9th 5 0 0 0 0
1981 Netherlands World Championships Group A 8th 8 2 0 2 0
1982 Netherlands World Championships Group B 8th 7 0 2 2 4
1983 Netherlands World Championships Group C Gold medal icon.svg 7 7 8 15 6
1985 Netherlands World Championships Group B 6th 7 3 3 6 10
1986 Netherlands World Championships Group B 5th 7 2 5 7 4
1987 Netherlands World Championships Group B 7th 7 5 5 10 2
1989 Netherlands World Championships Group C Gold medal icon.svg 7 5 6 11 2
1990 Netherlands World Championships Group B 8th 7 1 1 2 4
1991 Netherlands World Championships Group B 7th 7 2 1 3 4
1992 Netherlands World Championships Group B Silver medal icon.svg 7 4 7 11 2
1993 Netherlands World Championships Group B Bronze medal icon.svg 7 4 6 10 6
1999 Netherlands World Championships Group C Gold medal icon.svg 5 7 0 7 4
Winter Olympics and World Championships totals   101 48 50 98 56

References

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