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North Dakota Adds Berry to Staff

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol has added former Sioux defenseman Brad Berry to his staff. He replaces Cary Eades, who was let go last month.

It will be the second stint on the UND coaching staff for Berry, who previously served as an assistant from 2000-06. He was also a defenseman at UND from 1983-86. Berry spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.

Prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Berry doubled as the director of The Hockey Academy in Grand Forks and as a part-time scout with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. He was an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose from 2006-08.

“I’m excited to come back and work with Dave and (assistant coach) Dane (Jackson), and once again be a part of UND Athletics,” said Berry.

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 International Ice Hockey Federation (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 stints 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 won the Stanley Cup.

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