Trenton To Retire Bertoli’s #19

The Trenton Devils will retire Scott Bertoli’s No. 19 jersey in a pre-game ceremony before their game against the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, February 21. Bertoli ranks first in many of Trenton’s all-time statistical categories, including goals (182), assists (344), and points (526). The announcement was made by Trenton Devils General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Bertoli spent most of his eight-year pro career in Trenton, playing in 507 games for the Titans. Bertoli also played 13 games in the American Hockey League with Lowell, St. John, and Norfolk. He placed among the top two in scoring in each year of his Titans’ career.

A graduate of Princeton University, Bertoli played with the Tigers from 1995 until 1999. After playing his final game for the Tigers, Bertoli made the short trip to Trenton to embark on what would become one of the most impressive careers in ECHL history.

In his first season with the Titans, Bertoli led the team in assists (44) and points (65). He also chipped in with nine points (1g, 8a) in 14 games during the Titans’ surprise run as an expansion team to the Northern Conference Finals in 2000.

The Titans would follow that run with a berth in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2001, as Bertoli led the team in the postseason with 14 assists and 21 points. They would fall to the Stingrays in the championship round. Bertoli also played in the ECHL’s All-Star Game that season, tallying an assist in the contest.

The 2002-03 season for Bertoli would be cut short by injury, yet he managed to finish second in points (21g+38a=59p) despite playing in just 47 games. Bertoli would finish second the following season with 61 points (19g, 42a) in 56 games.

Bertoli’s excellence would be defined in the 2004-05 season, when he led a group of veterans to the Trenton’s only Kelly Cup Championship. Bertoli led the Titans with 68 points (27g, 41a) in the regular season and 24 points (6g, 18a) in the playoffs. He scored the game-winning goal in game two of Kelly Cup Finals against the Florida Everblades, as the Titans would eventually capture the Kelly Cup in six games.

In 2005-06, Bertoli was named as an ECHL All-Star for the second time, scoring a goal and an assist in the game. He finished the regular season leading the Titans in scoring with 67 points (20g, 47a).

Bertoli may have saved his best for last in the 2006-07 season, notching career highs in goals (31), assists (48), and points (79), while leading the Titans for a fifth and final time in scoring. His 48 assists and 79 points are Trenton records for the most in a season. He was sent off by being named to the ECHL’s Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the season.

Along with being at the top of many categories for Trenton, Bertoli ranks among the leading scorers in ECHL history as well. He is tied for 18th on the ECHL’s all-time points list and tied for 14th on the all-time assists list. Bertoli is third for most points with a single team in the ECHL, behind Dave Seitz of South Carolina (587) and John Spoltore of Louisiana (533).

After retiring from professional hockey, Bertoli took a position as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Coach of the boys’ varsity ice hockey team at Princeton Day School, where he currently works today.

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3 Responses to “Trenton To Retire Bertoli’s #19”

  1. Tdevilsfan Says:

    Yaaayyy!!!!!!!! Well, well deserved (understatement of the day).

    Thought this would happen last year, but thanks Devils for getting it done….

  2. titans04 Says:

    Quick somebody start CPR on Al.

  3. Al (Philly Devil) Says:

    Well, My rep called me as soon as this was confirmed and at first I was like “why?” He never bled for the crest of the Devils. Then I thought about it long and hard, it’s a positive thing. I guess they will retire a Titans jersey. I am sure he was a very good solider and meant a lot to the fans of Trenton so I am happy for all of you. I have a ticket for that night, but the Devs play the Isles on the road. I am sure I will make the game and pay my respect to the man and his career. It’s two days before my b-day and I think it should be a fun time.

    I think this say’s a lot about the Devils, retiring the number and giving just due to a great player and what he meant to the community, all be it never a Devil. I think this is the first player for Trenton to be retired and it’s a good move. CLASS MOVE!

    At this time I encourage ALLTrue Devils fans to support the MIGHTY Lowell Devils and their hunt for Phantoms blood, the last time they will appearin the great Spectrum this Friday, January 16, 2009. THIS is my Stanley Cup game.

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