The End of an Era. Aki Berg Officially Retires.
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07-28-2011, 11:12 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Parts Unknown
Finnish Scott Stevens he was not. I recall how timid and intimidated he looked playing against bigger and faster NHL players, yeah, not quite the level of talent he was accustomed to in Finland.
I won't forget Aki Berg of all players holding out after a somewhat decent 97-98 campaign, being paired with Sean O'Donnell. So he spends the 98-99 season in Finland, the Kings add Steve Duchesne and Doug Bodger during the off-season, miss the playoffs, and Aki Berg makes his triumphant return to Los Angeles when they bring him back in 99-00.
In the end, he was just an ok bottom pairing defenseman. He wasn't very physical, didn't really stand out in any particular way, he was just an ok player.
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