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Drake Berehowsky

Born:Jan 3, 1972Draft: 1990 Maple Leafs, 10th Overall
Hometown:Toronto, OntarioPosition:Defense
Known For:2006 DEL ChampionShoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Drake Berehowsky (born January 3, 1972) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL split between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2005-2006 season. Drafted 10th overall by Toronto in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Berehowsky had an exceptional rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Raiders, amassing 46 points in 63 games. The following season, a serious knee injury took him out for most of the season, but Toronto’s organization believed in him enough to take him with their top-ten pick. Unfortunately he did not pan out with the Maple Leafs, splitting all five of his seasons between the NHL and their minor-league affiliate. He appeared in 41 games during the 1992-93 season and followed it up with 49 games the following year, however his inability to remain consistent led to his trade to the Penguins for defenseman Grant Jennings.

Berehowsky’s time in Pittsburgh lasted five games, as he spent the majority of the following season with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). After playing the duration of the 1996-97 season between the AHL and IHL, he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, and appeared in the most amount of games to date, totalling one goal and six assists in 67 games. Perhaps his best days came in the following seasons as a member of the Nashville Predators, including a career year during the 1999-2000 season when he registered 12 goals and 20 assists in 79 games, finally achieving the level of success he was expected to meet as a top-ten pick.

His revival in Nashville earned the team the 33rd-overall pick when they traded Berehowsky to the Vancouver Canucks, who later traded him to the Arizona Coyotes for a package involving Tyler Bouck, Trevor Letowski, Todd Warriner, and a 2003 3rd-round pick. Unfortunately, an injury during training camp knocked Berehowsky out for most of the 2002-03 season. He signed with the Penguins the following year, once again revitalizing his offensive game, and ultimately led to a trade back to the team that drafted him, the Maple Leafs. Berehowsky played in Sweden during the lock-out season in 2004, and split the final year of his professional career between the AHL and the German league, ending it with a DEL Championship in 2006.

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Staff History

  • Brampton Battalion, OHL (Assistant Coach) 2006-07
  • Barrie Colts, OHL (Assistant Coach) 2007-2009
  • Peoria Rivermen, AHL (Assistant Coach) 2009-2012
  • Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL (Head Coach) 2012-2013, 2017-current
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL (Head Coach) 2013-2015
  • Sudbury Wolves, OHL (Associate Coach) 2015-2017
  • Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL (General Manager) 2017-current

Achievements

  • CHL Defenseman of the Year (1992)
  • CHL First All-Star Team (1992)
  • OHL Most Outstanding Defenseman (Max Kaminsky Trophy) (1992)
  • DEL Champion (2006)

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