Aki-Petteri Berg has called it quits on professional hockey. While most thought he did that as soon as he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has now officially retired from pro hockey after five years in Finland. Drafted 3rd overall at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings (try and read that without laughing), Berg's popularity in the NHL grew when he was traded to the Maple Leafs in 2001 for Adam Mair and a 2nd Round Pick which was used to select a player who we will not name.
Always quiet, always unspectacular, Berg was an underachiever who became the target of boos from Maple Leaf fans for his inabilities on the ice - the guy couldn't even bleed! Often caught standing still or out of position, Berg was labelled a pylon for his inconsistent man-to-man coverage and his endowment to let players beat him easily on the outside with speed. In fact, we call the pylons at work "Aki Berg's" in honour of his defensive stature. Always the fan favourite, Aki Berg retires after 606 NHL games, in which he had 15 goals and 70 assists for the Kings and Leafs.
Here are some Aki Berg dangles the hockey world will miss: