Grand Forks native Bauer Berry selected by the Edmonton Oilers in seventh round – Grand Forks Herald

LAS VEGAS — There wasn’t much glitz and glamour when Brad Berry was picked in the 1983 NHL Draft.

He went to play fastpitch softball that day, arrived back home in Bashaw, Alta., and got a call on his landline that the Winnipeg Jets used the No. 29 overall pick to draft him.

That was it.

There was a bit of a contrast Saturday when his son, Bauer, was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round of the 2024 NHL Draft.

Bauer’s name appeared on the highest resolution screen in the world at the state-of-the-art Sphere in Las Vegas after going No. 218 overall.

Brad and his wife, Suzanne, were there to see it. Bauer was not. He opted to watch it with friends in nearby Henderson, Nev.

“Words can’t explain it,” Bauer said. “It was just shocking to see your name up there. It’s something special. I’m glad I got to spend it with a bunch of my friends, watching it together.”

Berry is an imposing 6-foot-4, 198-pound defenseman for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League. He scored a goal and tallied 14 points in 59 games during his rookie USHL season.

Prospects expert

Chris Peters of FloHockey

called Berry “a throwback physical defenseman who really came into his own this year in the USHL.”

Berry plans to return to Muskegon next season. He is committed to play college hockey at St. Thomas, which will join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2026.

Berry is the eighth Greater Grand Forks player to be picked in the NHL Draft since 2012, joining Paul LaDue, Tucker Poolman, Luke Johnson, Gage Ausmus, Judd Caulfield, Jackson Kunz and Cole Spicer.

Berry said he had several conversations with the Oilers and knew there was a chance they’d pick him.

“I thought it was 50-50,” Berry said on whether he’d be drafted. “I talked to a few teams. I thought Edmonton was my favorite. I’m just grateful they took me.”

Berry grew up in Grand Forks, but didn’t play prep hockey in the state. He transferred to Northstar Christian Academy in Alexandria, Minn., before jumping to the USHL.

“I’ve come a long way since growing up in Grand Forks,” Berry said. “I feel all the steps I made helped me get better. I’m glad I did the things I did. I’d like to thank all the coaches that helped me and supported me. I’m grateful for this opportunity.”

Berry will head to Edmonton’s development camp from July 3-5.

He has a list of things he wants to improve next season.

“I’d like to do more in the offensive zone, create more plays, get better with my gaps, shut down plays before the red line, make simple reads that have a high success rate and be harder to play against,” he said.

If he does all that, perhaps someday he’ll reach the NHL like his father.

“At the end of the day, I’m super proud for him,” Brad said. “We always talk to our players that it’s an honor to get drafted in the NHL, but it’s only a measure of where you’re at in time, and don’t lose sight and focus on the work that’s ahead.”

Grand Forks native Bauer Berry plays for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League.

Merrissa Hassel / Muskegon Lumberjacks

Greater GF players in NHL Draft

1972 — Dennis Johnson, 5th round, 74th overall, Detroit Red Wings
1978 — Mark Berge, 11th round, 182nd overall, Philadelphia Flyers
1982 — Tim Mishler (EGF), 5th round, 96th overall, Winnipeg Jets
1982 — Tim Loven, 11th round, 213rd overall, Toronto Maple Leafs
1983 — Craig Mack (EGF), 7th round, 132nd overall, Quebec Nordiques
1984 — Dave Hanson, 4th round, 79th overall, Philadelphia Flyers
1988 — Chad Johnson, 6th round, 117th overall, New Jersey Devils
1989 — Mike Markovich, 6th round, 121st overall, Pittsburgh Penguins
2000 — Grant Potulny, 5th round, 157th overall, Ottawa Senators
2001 — Andy Schneider, 5th round, 156th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins
2003 — Danny Irmen, 3rd round, 78th overall, Minnesota Wild
2003 — Ryan Potulny, 3rd round, 87th overall, Philadelphia Flyers
2012 — Paul LaDue, 6th round, 181st overall, Los Angeles Kings
2013 — Tucker Poolman (EGF), 5th round, 127th overall, Winnipeg Jets
2013 — Luke Johnson, 5th round, 134th overall, Chicago Blackhawks
2013 — Gage Ausmus (EGF), 5th round, 171st overall, San Jose Sharks
2019 — Judd Caulfield, 5th round, 145th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins
2020 — Jackson Kunz, 4th round, 113th overall, Vancouver Canucks
2022 — Cole Spicer, 4th round, 117th overall, Boston Bruins
2024 — Bauer Berry, 7th round, 218th overall, Edmonton Oilers

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