Jonathan Bernier

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Jonathan Bernier
JonathanBernier2010byKeith&Alyssa.jpg
Bernier at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic
Born (1988-08-07) August 7, 1988 (age 29)
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2006
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2007–present
Website jbernier45.com

Jonathan Bernier (born August 7, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, the team with whom he played his first four NHL seasons. Bernier was part of the 2012 Los Angeles Kings team that won the Stanley Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Bernier's junior career was spent entirely with the Lewiston Maineiacs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The first goal scored on him in the QMJHL was by his brother, Marc-André Bernier, at the Halifax Metro Center on September 24, 2004. The goal was in the first period at 15:39. It was Jonathan's first ever QMJHL game. During the 2006–07 season, Bernier won the President's Cup with the Maineiacs as champions of the QMJHL.

Professional[edit]

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

On September 29, 2007, Bernier was given the starting role for the Kings in their 2007–08 debut game versus the Anaheim Ducks in London, England. He allowed one goal on 27 shots, earning the first win of his career by the final score of 4–1, while being named the second star of the game. During the 2007–08 season, Bernier finished with a 1–3 record, a 4.03 goals against average (GAA) and a .864 save percentage. Bernier was then sent back to his junior team in Lewiston.

Due to the emergence of Jonathan Quick, the Kings were able to keep Bernier playing with the Manchester Monarchs to season him in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. He would be named to Team Canada for the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.[1]

While Quick was attending to the birth of his first child, Bernier made his 2010 debut for the Kings with a 29-save, 2–1 shootout win against the Dallas Stars, where he also stopped all six shots he faced in the shootout. On March 30, he recorded a 2–0 shutout against the Nashville Predators in his second NHL game of the 2009–10 season.[2]

On June 11, 2012, against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center, he and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup later that summer.

On April 4, 2013, against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center, Bernier recorded his first shutout of the season with 23-save, 3–0 victory.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

On June 23, 2013, Bernier was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015.[3]

In the lead-up to his first season with the Leafs, Bernier gained attention among the fan base for his memorable victory in a fight with Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller during a pre-season game on September 22, 2013, in which Leafs won 5–3. It was Bernier's first fight since playing junior hockey.[4]

The start of the 2013–14 season saw Bernier and James Reimer split playing time; however, as the season progressed, Bernier cemented himself in the starter's role. On March 14, in his debut return to Los Angeles, Bernier played one period before leaving with a lower body injury. Bernier would miss five games due to injury, during which the Maple Leafs went 0–5–0. On April 3, Bernier again suffered another lower body injury and left the game at 8:22 in the third period after Maple Leafs defenceman Paul Ranger pushed the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron on top of him.

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

With one year remaining on his contract, Bernier was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on July 8, 2016.[5] Reunited with Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle, who initially coached Bernier in his early tenure with the Maple Leafs, he assumed the backup duties to John Gibson for the 2016–17 season.[6] He made his Ducks debut in a 3-2 defeat to the reigning champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on October 15, 2016.[7] He collected his first win with the Ducks in a 4-1 result over the Calgary Flames on November 6, 2016.[8]

Throughout the season Bernier continued his re-emergence with the Ducks, filling in on a starting role through the final stretch of the regular season as injury ruled out Gibson. He went 13 straight games without a regulation loss into the playoffs, and finished the season having played in 39 games and collecting 21 wins.[9] With Gibson returning in time for the post-season, Bernier later made his playoff debut with the Ducks, replacing Gibson mid-game to help record his first career win in 5-4 comeback victory over the Calgary Flames, helping the Ducks claim a pivotal 3-0 series lead on April 17, 2017.[10] In the conference finals, Bernier was recalled into action after Gibson again went down to injury in 3-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators on May 20, 2017.[11] He earned his first career post-season start in the following Game 6, but allowed 4 goals in 16 shots as he was unable prevent the Ducks from elimination on May 22, 2017.[12]

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

As an unrestricted free agent from the Ducks, Bernier signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Avalanche on July 1, 2017.[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Czech Republic
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 2012 Davos

Bernier represented Team Canada's under-18 team at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships in April, which was held in Sweden. Canada finished fourth at the tournament.

Bernier was invited to the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships selection camp, but lost out to Montreal Canadiens' prospect Carey Price and Calgary Flames' prospect Leland Irving.

Along with Steve Mason, Bernier was chosen as one of Team Canada's goaltenders for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, held in the Czech Republic, in which he finished with a 1–1 record and a 2.00 GAA as Canada won the gold medal over Sweden.

During the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Bernier represented Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup, winning a gold medal in the final over Swiss club HC Davos.

Personal life[edit]

Bernier is married to Martine Forget, a Canadian model.[14] They have one son, Tyler, born in August 2014.[15] On July 23, 2016, Bernier married Forget in Montreal, Canada.

Bernier's older brother is Marc-André Bernier, a draft choice of the Vancouver Canucks and who is now captain of Ligue Magnus's Diables Rouges de Briançon.[16] Bernier was one of the groomsmen at the wedding of Meghan Agosta and Marco Marciano, the goaltending coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL on August 31, 2012.[17] In December 2014, during a Toronto Raptors tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, Bernier referred to Nelson Mandela as "one of the most known athletes in the world", praising his accomplishments "on and off the ice". He later apologized for his mistake. [18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 23 7 12 3 1353 67 0 2.97 .907 1 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 1.000
2005–06 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 54 27 26 0 3241 146 2 2.70 .908 6 2 4 359 17 1 2.84 .914
2006–07 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 37 26 10 0 2186 94 2 2.58 .905 17 16 1 1025 40 1 2.34 .919
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 1 3 0 238 16 0 4.03 .864
2007–08 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 34 18 12 3 2024 92 0 2.73 .908 6 2 4 348 17 0 2.93 .918
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 3 1 1 1 184 5 0 1.63 .946 3 0 3 195 9 0 2.76 .908
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 54 23 24 4 3101 124 5 2.40 .910
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 58 30 21 6 3424 116 9 2.03 .936 16 10 6 996 30 3 1.81 .939
2009–10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 3 0 0 185 4 1 1.30 .957
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 25 11 8 3 1378 57 3 2.48 .913
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 16 5 6 2 890 35 1 2.36 .909
2012–13 Heilbronner Falken 2.GBun 13 6 7 0 792 34 1 2.57
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 9 3 1 768 24 1 1.88 .922 1 0 0 30 0 0 0.00 1.000
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 26 19 7 3084 138 1 2.68 .923
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 21 28 7 3177 152 2 2.87 .912
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 12 21 3 2147 103 3 2.88 .908
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 4 3 0 1 240 5 3 1.25 .948
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 39 21 7 4 1994 83 2 2.50 .915 4 1 2 183 10 0 3.28 .873
NHL totals 252 109 95 27 13,861 612 14 2.65 .915 5 1 2 213 10 0 2.82 .886

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005 Canada Quebec U17 9th 4 0 4 0 230 21 0 4.02 .885
2006 Canada WJC18 4th 7 3 3 1 420 12 1 1.71 .942
2008 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 2 1 1 0 120 4 1 2.00 .947
2011 Canada WC 5th 3 2 1 0 179 6 0 2.01 .917
Junior totals 13 4 8 1 770 37 2 2.88 .915
Senior totals 3 2 1 0 179 6 0 2.01 .917

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
QMJHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2006
Second All-Star Team 2007
Guy Lafleur Trophy 2007
President's Cup (Lewiston Maineiacs) 2007
CHL Second All-Star Team 2007
AHL
All-Star Game 2010 [1]
First All-Star Team 2010
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2010 [19]
NHL
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2012
International
WJC18 All-Star Team 2006
Spengler Cup 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canadian AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Bernier, Stoll lead Kings to 2–1 SO win over Stars". nhl.com. March 13, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Dillman, Lisa (June 23, 2013). "Kings trade goalie Jonathan Bernier to Toronto Maple Leafs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leafs drop Sabres in fight filled game". Toronto Sun. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Ducks Acquire G Bernier from Toronto in Exchange for Conditional Draft Choice". NHL.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bernier ready for clean state with Anaheim Ducks". ESPN. 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Kessel, Fleury lead Penguins to 3-2 win over Ducks". CBS Sports. 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  8. ^ "Ducks beat Flames at home again". CBS Sports. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  9. ^ "Former Maple Leaf Bernier find new life, confidence with Ducks". National Post. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  10. ^ "Perry scores in OT, Ducks take 3-0 lead". CBS Sports. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Ducks goalie Bernier in spotlight if Gibson can't play game 6". Daily News. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2017-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup final in eliminating Ducks". CBS Sports. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  13. ^ "Avalanche adds forward Colin Wilson, goalie Jonathan Bernier". Denver Post. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  14. ^ "'Hockey Wives' star Martine Forget on motherhood and more". Hello! Canada. March 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ Feschuk, Dave (September 27, 2014). "Leafs' Jonathan Bernier has everything going for him: Feschuk". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Marc-André Bernier profile". eliteprospects.com. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  17. ^ "Hockey star Meghan Agosta, and Marco Marciano untied passion in pucks". Vancouver Sun. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  18. ^ Cleveland, Amy (2014-12-09). "Jonathan Bernier mistakenly praises Mandela's hockey skills". www.cbc.ca. cbc. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 
  19. ^ "Bernier captures Baz Bastien Award". American Hockey League. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anže Kopitar
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2006
Succeeded by
Trevor Lewis