Remembering……Barry Pederson

by Denis Lemieux on February 28, 2009

Known to many fans as either a NESN studio host or “the guy the Bruins traded for Cam Neely,” Barry Pederson actually had quite a career with the Bruins.

In his rookie season with the Bruins, Pederson was runner up to Dale Hawerchuck for Rookie of the Year honors. In his first three full seasons with the Bruins, Pederson scored 44, 46 and 39 goals. In 1982 – 1983, Pederson finished fifth in the league in scoring. He followed up by finishing sixth in the league in 1983 – 1984. Pederson was also a strong playoff performer, raising his level of play in the big games and leading the Bruins in playoff scoring.

Unfortunately, in 1984 he was diagnosed with a benign tumor in his shoulder. Repeat surgeries to remove the tumor also removed much of the surrounding muscle mass. Pederson missed most of the 1984 – 1985 season. In 1985 – 1986, he returned to score 29 goals and total 76 points. After the season, the Bruins made the legendary ‘Cam Neely Trade” in which Pederson was sent to Vancouver for Cam Neely AND a first round draft pick. (The good karma of that trade, however, is challenged by the fact that the draft pick was then used by the Bruins to select legendary open-net-misser Glen Wesley.)

That trade has gone down as one of the most lopsided in NHL history. In fact, though, Pederson had a strong first year with the Canucks, repeating his 76 point effort of his final Bruins season. In the ensuing years, his production began to slip. Pederson was traded to the Penguins in the 1989 – 1990 season. Pederson finished with the Penguins in 1990 – 1991 and was with Hartford at the start of the 1991 – 1992 season. During that year, he was the subject of an extreme rarity – a trade between the Boston Bruins and the team that played in Hartford. Pederson returned to play 32 games for the Bruins in that season, before retiring from hockey for good.

In 1995 – 1996, Pederson was the color analyst for the Bruins radio broadcasts before settling into a role with NESN.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin 03.02.09 at 10:40 pm

Is he dead?

Jennifer 03.30.09 at 5:38 pm

No, he is not dead. Very much alive, and works in my husband’s building. :)
Not to mention still on NESN… tune in whenever a B’s game is on and you will see him. :)

Barb 05.06.09 at 6:39 am

awesome player! not to mention great at commentary

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