|Gary Gunnar Bergman
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 188 pounds
Born: 10.7.38 Kenora, Ontario
Died: 12.8.00 Detroit, Michigan
|How he arrived: Traded by the Detroit Red Wings with Bill McKenzie for Glen Burdon and Peter
How he left: Retired after the 75-76 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Bergman was a well-rounded defenseman in his career, largely spent with the Detroit Red Wings. He was smart with the
puck and a fine skater offensively, while he wasn't afraid to play physical in his own end.
The Scouts had a bunch of young and/or unknown players on the backline, so the team definitely benefited from having
him, as he ate up a lot of minutes on both the power play and the PK.
Also late in his career, Bergman had gotten involved with the community, especially with helping disabled children and
adults. His work with that lead him to co-win the Charlie Conacher Humanitarian Award (A precursor to today's King
Clancy Trophy.) in 1973.
He's most famous, though, for his participation in the 1972 Summit Series as a member of Team Canada. He got 3
assists in the 8 game series against the Soviets. He, along with the rest of the Canadian team, were inducted into the
Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was also the president of the Red Wings' Alumni Association twice: in 1981, and from 1997 until his death.
He had passed away in 2000 after battling cancer, this battle coming after a malignant melanoma was removed in