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Born March 13, 1961 (1961-03-13) (age 49),
Big River, SASK, CAN
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Pro clubs NHL
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Maine Mariners
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 18th overall, 1980
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1980 – 1992

Barry Alan Pederson (born March 13, 1961 in Big River, Saskatchewan), is a retired professional ice hockey center who played twelve seasons in the National Hockey League between 1980 and 1992. While he was for a time one of the top playmaking centers in NHL, he may be best remembered as the player traded by Boston for Cam Neely.


Playing career

Pederson was drafted in the first round (18th overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft after playing junior hockey with the Victoria Cougars. He would return for one more season in Victoria after being drafted, scoring 147 points in 55 games, and another five points in a nine-game stint in Boston.

He would break into the NHL in exceptional style in the 1981–82 season, setting Bruin rookie records for goals (44, which still stands) and points (92) and finishing runner-up to Dale Hawerchuk for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Included in his 92 points was a 7 point effort against the Hartford Whalers which also remains a Bruin rookie record. Pederson and star winger Rick Middleton had instant chemistry, and would be one of the league's most dangerous duos for several seasons.

In 1982–83, he emerged as a full-fledged star, finishing with 46 goals and 107 points. He led the Bruins in assists and points, and finished 5th in league scoring (the only player in the top 8 not to eventually make the Hockey Hall of Fame). In the playoffs, he would take his game to another level, as he and Middleton wreaked havoc combining for 65 points in just 17 games before losing out to New York Islanders in the conference finals. Pederson finished 3rd in playoff goals and points despite not reaching the finals.

Pederson would continue his exploits in 1983–84, posting 39 goals and 77 assists for 116 points. His assist and point totals again led the Bruins, and his point total placed him 6th in the NHL. His 77 assists were 3rd in the league behind only Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey. He would play in his second consecutive NHL All-Star Game, and was selected to represent Canada at the 1984 Canada Cup tournament that summer.

At this point Pederson, despite being only 23, was one of the brightest young players in the game, and his career was on par with players such as Denis Savard, Michel Goulet, Ron Francis and Hawerchuk, all of whom went on to the Hall of Fame. However, his career would take a turn in the summer of 1984 when he was diagnosed with a benign tumor in his shoulder. He would return for 22 games in the 1984–85 season, posting 12 points, before a second, more serious surgery had to be performed on the shoulder. This procedure required the removal of part of his shoulder muscle, and forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

Pederson returned to Boston's lineup for the 1985–86 season, but didn't perform at the level he had prior to his injury. He finished the season with respectable totals of 29 goals and 76 points, good for 4th on the team but a 40-point drop from his last healthy year two seasons previous. At the conclusion of the season, Boston GM Harry Sinden, fearing that he wouldn't return to form, dealt him to the Vancouver Canucks for Cam Neely and a first-round draft pick.

For the 1986–87 season, he finished with 24 goals and a team-leading 52 assists for 76 points, and was named Canuck MVP by both the team's media and fans. In 1987–88, he would again lead the team in assists with 52, and added 19 goals for 71 points. He remains one of only four players in Canuck history (along with André Boudrias, Thomas Gradin and Henrik Sedin) to record consecutive 50-assist seasons.

In 1988–89, Pederson would slump to just 16 goals and 41 points while missing almost 20 games due to injury. Dogged by comparisons to Neely, the Canucks would deal him to the Pittsburgh Penguins 16 games into the 1989–90 season. He would continue to struggle in Pittsburgh, finishing the season with just 6 goals and 31 points in 54 games between the Canucks and Penguins. Now primarily a utility player, he would appear in just 46 games in 1990–91, but was a member of the Penguin team that won the Stanley Cup Championship that year.

Released by the Penguins that summer, he signed with the Hartford Whalers but was released after only five games. He would re-sign with the Bruins and finish out his career where he started. At the end of the 1991–92, he retired at the age of 31.

In recent years, Pederson has worked for NESN as a studio analyst during Bruins telecasts.


Cam Neely trade

In the summer of 1986, Barry Pederson was a valuable commodity. Still just 25, he was considered one of the best young centers in the game. He had already posted two 100-point seasons, and was only two years removed from finishing 3rd in the NHL in assists and 6th in points. To the offense-starved Vancouver Canucks, who were the 3rd-lowest scoring team in the league the previous year, he looked like a saviour and had the added attraction of being a 'local boy' - while originally from Saskatchewan, he'd played his junior hockey nearby in Nanaimo and Victoria from the age of 15 onward.

However, Boston management were convinced that, despite his age, his best years were behind him as a result of two surgeries during the 1984–85 to remove a tumor from his shoulder. On June 6, 1985, the Canucks sent young winger Cam Neely to the Bruins along with a first-round draft pick in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft for Pederson. The 9th overall pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, Neely's development had stagnated and he finished the 1985–86 season with just 14 goals. However, Boston coveted his size and toughness, and considered him a potential heir apparent to Bruin warriors of the past such as Terry O'Reilly and Wayne Cashman.

Neely's game would take off immediately, as he scored 36 goals in his first year in Boston. The next year he scored 42 and was named a 2nd team All-Star. By the 1989–90 season, he was the most feared power forward in the game, equally respected for his natural scoring touch as for his ferocious fighting ability. At the same time, Pederson's career would go into a spiral. After a solid start in Vancouver, by the time Vancouver dealt him away in 1989 he was a marginal NHL player. He would register less than 100 points past the age of 27, and was out of the game by 1992.

While Neely's career was cut horribly short by injury, he still registered three 50-goal seasons, is a legend in Boston, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. To add insult to injury, Vancouver poor season following the deal turned the draft pick into the #3 overall selection in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, with which the Bruins selected Glen Wesley. Wesley would develop into an All-Star defender for the Bruins, and go on to a stellar 20-year career.


Pederson currently resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts. He serves as a studio analyst for Boston Bruins coverage on NESN, in addition to working with Morgan Keegan in Boston.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 64 44 74 118 31
1977–78 Nanaimo Clippers BCJHL 63 51 102 153 68
1977–78 Victoria Cougars WCHL 3 1 4 5 2
1978–79 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 31 53 84 41
1979–80 Victoria Cougars WHL 72 52 88 140 50 16 13 14 27 31
1980–81 Victoria Cougars WHL 55 65 82 147 65 15 15 21 36 10
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 9 1 4 5 6
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 80 44 48 92 53 11 7 11 18 2
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 77 46 61 107 47 17 14 18 32 21
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 80 39 77 116 64 3 0 1 1 2
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 22 4 8 12 10
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 79 29 47 76 60 3 1 0 1 0
1986–87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 24 52 76 50
1987–88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 19 52 71 92
1988–89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 15 26 41 22
1989–90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 2 7 9 10
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 4 18 22 29
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 6 8 14 21
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 2 2 4 0
1991–92 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 6 9 28
1991–92 Maine Mariners AHL 14 5 13 18 6
NHL totals 701 238 416 654 472 34 22 30 52 25

Coaching statistics

Season  Team           Lge  Type
1994-95 Boston College NCAA Assistant coach 

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