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JOSEF BERANEK #20
Center
Born: Oct 25, 1969
Litvinov, CZE
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Left
Oilers' 4th round selection (#78 overall) in 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
Traded to Philadelphia along with Greg Hawgood for Brian Benning, January 16, 1993.  Traded to Vancouver by Philadelphia for Shawn Antoski, February 15, 1995.  Traded to Pittsburgh by Vancouver for future considerations, March 18, 1997.  Traded to Edmonton by Pittsburgh for Bobby Dollas and Tony Hrkac, June 16, 1998.  Traded back to Pittsburgh for German Titov, March 14, 2000. 

 
 OILERS' STATS:
SEASON:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1991-92
58
12
16
28
18
1992-93
26
2
6
8
28
1998-99
66
19
30
49
23
1999-00
58
9
8
17
39
TOTALS:
208
42
60
102
108
PLAYOFFS:
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1991-92
12
2
1
3
0
1998-99
2
0
0
0
4
TOTALS:
14
2
1
3
4
Since entering the NHL in 1991-92, Beranek has been a talented offensive forward on four different clubs.  Among his strengths were a natural touch around the net and crisp accurate passes to his linemates.
The native of Litvinov, Czechoslovakia starred in the domestic league with CHZ Litvinov and Dukla Trencin.  He was chosen 78th overall by the Oilers at the 1989 Entry Draft and joined the team at training camp in 1991.  He scored 28 points as a rookie and contributed two goals in the post-season when the team reached the semi-finals unexpectedly.
Halfway through the 1992-93 season, Beranek was obtained by the rebuilding Philadelphia Flyers.  He appeared to find a permanent home in Philly after scoring 28 goals in 1993-94 but was traded to Vancouver shortly after the lockout-shortened season resumed in 1995.  The lanky forward was a solid all-round performer and helped his new club reach the second round of the playoffs.
Beranek's long journey continued in 1996-97 when he returned home to play for Petra Vsetin club.  He spent most of two years there save for a brief tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In 1998 he scored a goal when the Czech Republic won the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics.  The next season the talented veteran returned to the NHL and recorded 49 points in 66 games on the speedy Edmonton Oilers.  Late in the 1999-00 season Beranek was re-acquired by Pittsburgh where he was a solid role player on the offensive-minded club when it reached the Eastern Conference final in 2001.