Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sergei Berezin passes away at 52

Tyler Ball
June 26, 2024  (7:26 PM)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sergei Berezin being tripped by Igor Larionov while playing in an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings
Photo credit: Sportsnet

Today it has been announced that former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Sergei Berezin has unexpectedly passed away.

The NHL and Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that former Maple Leafs draft pick and NHLer Sergei Berezin has passed away at the age of 52.
Sergei was drafted in the 10th round of the 1994 Entry Draft to the @MapleLeafs. 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 @ArizonaCoyotes, @CanadiensMTL, @NHLBlackhawks, and the @Capitals as his career went on. He totalled for 502 regular-season games-played, scoring 286 points.

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.
Incredibly sad to hear to the passing of former NHLer Sergei Berezin at just 52 years old, gone way too young. Thinking of his family and friends during this difficult time

RIP Sergei
As mentioned in the post from the NHL Alumni Association Sergei Berezin spent 7 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, and Washington Capitals.
During his time in the NHL Sergei Berezin played over 500 games and have over 280 points. His most successful tenure was with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he played 357 games and had 220 points.
Maybe the best Leafs game I ever went to live.

Sergei Berezin sets up Steve Thomas for the OT winner against the Sens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarters in 2000.

Rest in peace, Sergei

Rest in peace, Bob Cole
Sergei Berezin had an incredible career in an era were smaller players were not given the respect and opportunities they usually deserved. Our thoughts go out to Sergei Berezin's family, friends, teammates, and coaches during this difficult time.