Joseph Marc-André Bergeron (born October 13, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) before spending the later years of his career with the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL). He was known as a power play specialist, more than half of Bergeron's career goals and points came with the man advantage.
October 13, 1980|
Saint-Louis-de-France, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
New York Islanders
Tampa Bay Lightning
Bergeron was signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers in 2001. A swift defenceman with a penchant for end-to-end rushes, he reminded some of former Oiler great Paul Coffey. Bergeron's popularity with Edmonton fans was cemented during the 2003 playoffs when he sent Dallas Stars' Brenden Morrow head-over-heels with an open-ice hip check. Bergeron is well known more for his impressive slapshot than his defensive abilities. At the Edmonton Oilers skills competition, held November 26, 2006, he recorded his second straight victory in the hardest shot competition with a puck speed of 103.5 mph (approximately 165 km/h).
While still with the Oilers, near the end of game one of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Bergeron tried to steer Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrew Ladd wide of the net. However, the two of them piled into Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson, causing Roloson to be injured for the remainder of the Finals. The Oilers managed to re-group without Roloson but ultimately fell to the Hurricanes during game seven of the series.
After parting ways with the Oilers, Bergeron went on to play with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. On October 6, 2009, after star defenceman Andrei Markov was injured, Bergeron signed a 1-year contract worth $750,000 US with the Montreal Canadiens. Bergeron proved to be a valuable component to the Canadiens, playing forward on the fourth line as well as defence on power plays. He did, however, suffer a long scoring slump between December 31, 2009 until March 31, 2010. When Bergeron became a free agent on July 1, 2010, the Canadiens did not re-sign him.
He was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent on January 4 and assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of American Hockey League where he recorded two goals and eight points in 13 games. Bergeron was recalled to the Lightning on February 5 and spent the remainder of the season in Tampa Bay, and appeared in 23 games with the Lightning, recording two goals and eight points, including one game-winning goal. He recorded two assists in his Lightning debut on February 6 against the St. Louis Blues and became the third player in franchise history to score his first Lightning goal in overtime (Millar, Gagne) on February 12 versus Carolina. Bergeron became a fan-favourite and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals, against the Boston Bruins. On June 28, 2011, Bergeron was re-signed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $2,000,000.
On July 19, 2013, Bergeron left the NHL as a free agent and signed to a three-year contract with the ZSC Lions of the National League (NL). He won the Swiss championship in 2014 and the Swiss Cup in 2016.
After the completion of his three-year deal with the Lions in Switzerland, Bergeron returned to North America as a free agent. Opting to pursue another NHL opportunity, Bergeron agreed to a professional try-out contract to attend the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp on September 6, 2016. He later signed a PTO contract with the Jackets' AHL affiliate, Cleveland Monsters. Producing 9 points in his first 13 games with the Monsters, Bergeron secured a two-way NHL contract with the Blue Jackets for the remainder of the season on February 28, 2017.
At the conclusion of his season with the Cleveland Monsters, Bergeron ended his professional playing career in the off-season, accepting a director of player development with former junior club, the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.
NASCAR team ownershipEdit
In 2009, Bergeron formed a partnership with NASCAR driver Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to field a car in the NASCAR Pinty's Series for Dumoulin. Dumoulin, who won the 2014 and 2018 championships, drives the No. 47 as it was Bergeron's number during his playing career.
|2004–05||Trois-Rivières Caron & Guay||LNAH||10||7||5||12||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||New York Islanders||NHL||23||6||15||21||10||5||1||1||2||6|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||46||9||9||18||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||23||2||6||8||8||14||2||1||3||9|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||43||4||20||24||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||12||1||4||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- July 20, 2001 – Signed as free agent with Edmonton Oilers.
- February 18, 2007 – Traded to New York Islanders with 2008 third round selection for Denis Grebeshkov.
- February 26, 2008 – Traded to Anaheim Ducks for 2008 third round selection.
- June 10, 2008 – Traded to Minnesota Wild for a 2008 third round pick.
- October 6, 2009 – Signed as free agent with Montreal Canadiens.
- January 4, 2011 – Signed one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning
- June 28, 2011 – Signed two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning
- April 2, 2013 – Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Adam Hall and a 2013 seventh round Pick
- "Marc-André Bergeron 2009-10 game-by-game statistics". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2010-04-02.
- "Lightning send Bergeron to Hurricanes for Hall". The Sports Network. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- "UFA Defenseman Bergeron signs three year deal with ZSC Lions". The Sports Network. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
- Ren Lavoie (2016-09-06). "M.A. Bergeron eyes NHL return". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
- Cleveland Monsters (2016-12-13). "M.A. Bergeron joins AHL team". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
- "Blue Jackets sign M.A Bergeron to two-way contract". Sportsnet.ca. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- "M.A. Bergeron returns to the Cataractes". lenouvelliste.ca (in French). 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- Gallacher, Alex (February 28, 2018). "Getting To Know: LP Dumoulin". NASCAR Home Tracks. Retrieved September 11, 2019.