Former defenseman who was the first pick in the 1995 NHL Draft; known for courageously returning to the NHL after nearly losing his eye in a horrific in-game accident.
He played hockey at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Rhode Island.
He won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2004, an award given to an NHL player who exemplifies perseverance and sportsmanship.
After his playing career was over, he moved to Lincoln, Rhode Island to spend time with his family.
On March 11, 2000, Marian Hossa's stick clipped Berard's eye on a follow-through after wildly swinging at the puck.