Walleye Record Setting Warrior Retires
Shane Berschbach was the Toledo Walleye. He represented what the team and organization was about. After 6 years with the organization the offensively productive forward has hung up his skates.
The franchise leader in games played, goals, assists and points was nothing but professional during his time there. Berschbach was always available for autographs, pictures and conversation. The quiet leader of the team he let his actions on the ice speak for themselves. Although not the highlight reel type player he knew when to score timely goals and always found the open man.
Berschbach is going to go down as an ECHL hall of Famer. Not only because of his skills on the ice but his dedication to the team and fans off the ice. He truly made Toledo home away from home and made hockey special at the Huntington center.
Although Berschbach began his pro career in Kalamazoo with the K-Wings in 2013-14 he came to Toledo during the 2014-15 season after a stint with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. He then made a name for himself by doing the little things that may go
Unnoticed but made the team successful.
Berschbach was the echl equivalent of Niklas Lidstrom of the NHL Detroit Red Wings. He was successful by just doing his job. He approached the game with a smile but often used the dagger to put teams away. He was so smooth in his approach that most nights he would go unnoticed but have 3 points. He wasn’t a big guy at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds but he didn’t not shy away from getting involved in the rough stuff on occasion.
Some of his achievements include 2015-16 ECHL First All-Star Team, 2015-16 and 2016-17 ECHL Sportsmanship Award, 2016-17 ECHL Second All-Star Team and finally appeared in his first and only ECHL All-Star game in 2018-19. Whether the team was up by three, down by four, out of the playoffs or already secured a playoff spot Berschbach played the same way with the same intensity. He never gave up and was always getting his teammates involved in the play.
Only fans in Toledo truly respected his efforts because they saw him the most. They saw his dedication and his preparation. They saw the compete and the time he gave to everyone. He was a warrior on the ice but a legend away from it. He helped lift the team when it was down or short handed. If the team was up he never let them get too excited or overcome with emotion. He was a leader in every sense of the word. He was one of a kind and a payer that Toledo walleye fans may never see again. As someone who go played under current Detroit Red wings coach Jeff Blashill, he led by example and let his play control his emotion. Enjoy your retirement Shane Berschbach, you deserve it.