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Veteran Canadiens and Leafs forward Sergei Berezin has passed away at 52


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Elliot Ben Jacob
June 26, 2024  (9:11 PM)
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Sergei Berezin in a Leafs jersey.
Photo credit: Editor in Leaf

The hockey community is suffering from the sudden passing of Sergei Berezin, a former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs forward.

Berezin, who was only 52, leaves us with a lasting legacy and a name that will forever be remembered in NHL history.
«A shocking news. Terribly sad.» - Eric Engels

The NHL Alumni Association is heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Sergei Berezin at the age of 52 years old.

Sergei was drafted in the 10th round of the 1994 Entry Draft to the Maple Leafs.

He would soon show his spectacular play when he joined the Leafs roster in 1996, spending five seasons with the team.

Berezin then played for the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, Blackhawks and the Capitals as his career went on. Berezin played 502 season games, while contributing a 286 points throughout, an impressive feat no doubt.

In his retirement, he enjoyed coaching minor hockey, playing tennis, and most importantly, spending time with his family.

We send our deepest condolences to Sergei's family, friends, and former teammates during this extremely difficult time.» - NHL

While he's usually recognized for his time spent with the Leafs and Canadiens, Berezin also played for the Blackhawks and the Coyotes, giving his all for any team he was a part of.
After retiring from the NHL, Berezin did not stop pursuing his passion for hockey and was known to coach minor league games. He spent the majority of his time with his family and even indulged in other sports such as tennis.
In Montreal, Berezin is best known for scoring the franchise's 10,000th home goal. On January 27, 2002, at the Bell Centre, he hit the target against the San Jose Sharks.

- Via TVA Sports

The Montreal Canadiens organization also released a statement, mourning Berezin's death:
Berezin's contributions to hockey and his community will not be forgotten.
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