Brad Berry
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Bashaw, Alberta
Alma Mater: North Dakota
Graduating Year: 2002
Brad Berry bio
Release: 09/06/2012
Longtime NHL defenseman and coach Brad Berry is in his ninth year on the North Dakota staff and is responsible for the coaching and development of the team’s defensemen. He also coaches UND’s power play.

Last season under Berry, UND boasted the most offensively productive blueline in the nation, averaging 2.74 points per game, while ranking second in the NCHC defensively by allowing just 2.43 goals per game. Senior captain Dillon Simpson was named to the All-NCHC First Team and was a finalist for three major league awards: NCHC Player of the Year, Defenseman of the Year and Offensive Defenseman of the Year. His defense partner, sophomore Jordan Schmaltz, was named to the All-NCHC Second Team.

Berry returned to Grand Forks prior to the 2012-13 season for his second stint at his alma mater. He had previously served as the program’s associate head coach from 2004-06 and assistant coach from 2000-04. He was also a defenseman at UND from 1983-86.

In his first season back, Berry mentored a defensive unit that was one of the nation’s best down the stretch. Over the final two months of the season, UND allowed a WCHA-low 2.00 goals per game during league play.

Before returning to UND, Berry spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Prior to joining Columbus, Berry created The Hockey Academy in Grand Forks, which focuses on developing and training youth hockey players within Grand Forks and surrounding areas. During that time (2008-10), he doubled as a part-time scout with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.

Berry was an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose from 2006-08 and helped lead the franchise to a playoff appearance in each of his two years, including a North Division title in 2006-07.

Before embarking on his professional coaching career, Berry spent six seasons on the UND coaching staff (2000-06), including his last two as associate head coach under Hakstol. While overseeing the team’s defensemen and penalty kill, Berry helped guide UND to Frozen Four appearances in 2001, 2005 and 2006, WCHA regular season titles in 2001 and 2004 and a WCHA playoff title in 2006.

Berry was a standout defenseman at UND from 1983-86, collecting 74 points (12 goals, 62 assists) in 112 collegiate games. He also represented Canada at the 1985 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

A second-round draft pick (29th overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in 1983, Berry went on to play in 241 NHL games over eight years, including stints with Winnipeg, Minnesota and Dallas. His professional playing career also included stops in the Swedish Elite League and the International Hockey League. While with the IHL’s Michigan K-Wings, Berry was a three-time IHL All-Star and was named the K-Wings’ Defenseman of the Year three times.

After his playing career ended, Berry was a professional scout with the 1999-00 Dallas Stars team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals.

A native of Bashaw, Alberta, Berry’s family includes his wife, Suzanne, daughters, Brianna and Brooke, and son, Bauer.