Jonathan Bernier

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Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier - Colorado Avalanche vs New York Islanders (11-5-17).jpg
Bernier with the Avalanche in 2017.
Born (1988-08-07) August 7, 1988 (age 31)
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
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
Colorado Avalanche
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 who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings 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]

As a youth, Bernier played in the 2001 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Laval, Quebec.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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, UK. 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. In the four games he played 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.[citation needed]

Due to the emergence of Jonathan Quick, the Kings sent Bernier to play for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. He was selected for the 2010 AHL All-Star Game, for Team Canada.[2]

Bernier was recalled to the Kings in 2010, while Quick was attending the birth of his first child. Bernier's first NHL game that season was a 29-save, 2–1 shootout win against the Dallas Stars, during which he stopped all six shots he faced in the shootout. In his next game on March 30, he recorded a 2–0 shutout against the Nashville Predators.[3]

Bernier was part of the Kings squad that won the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils. He was an unused backup, who was dressed on the bench but did not play in any of that year's playoffs. Nevertheless, Bernier's name was engraved on the Stanley Cup.[citation needed]

Bernier recorded his first shutout of the 2012-13 season on April 4, 2013 against the Minnesota Wild in a 23-save, 3–0 victory.[4]

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.[5]

In a pre-season game on September 22, 2013, Bernier engaged in a fight with Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. The Leafs went on to win the game 5–3. It was Bernier's first fight in a professional game.[6]

The early part of the 2013–14 season saw Bernier and James Reimer split playing time; however, as the season progressed, Bernier cemented himself as the starting goaltender. On March 14, in his first return to Los Angeles, Bernier played one period before leaving with a lower body injury. He missed five games due to this injury, during which the Maple Leafs went 0–5. On April 3, Bernier suffered another lower body injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season.[7]

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 (the conditions were not met).[8] Reunited with Ducks Head Coach Randy Carlyle, had been Bernier's coach in the early part of his time with the Maple Leafs, he assumed the backup goaltender duties behind John Gibson for the 2016–17 season.[9] Bernier made his Ducks debut in a 3-2 defeat to the reigning champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on October 15, 2016.[10] He collected his first win with the Ducks in a 4-1 result over the Calgary Flames on November 6, 2016.[11]

Bernier deputised as the starting goaltender in the final stages of the regular season, when Gibson was injured. He continued as the starter into the playoffs. Bernier then went 13 straight games without a regulation loss. He finished the regular season having played in 39 games, winning 21 of them.[12] Gibson returned to the starter role in time for the playoofs. Bernier made his first playoff appearance for the Ducks in the third game against the Calgary Flames, when he replaced Gibson mid-game in 5-4 comeback victory.[13] His next appearance was in the conference finals, when Gibson was injured in 3-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators on May 20, 2017.[14] Bernier made his first career playoff start in the following Game 6, but allowed 4 goals in 16 shots as the Ducks were eliminated on May 22, 2017.[15]

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Bernier's contract with the Ducks expired on 1 July 2017, leaving him an unrestricted free agent. The same day, he signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[16] However, his 2017–18 season with the Avalanche was riddled with injuries. Bernier suffered an upper body injury on October 25, 2017, in a game against the San Jose Sharks,[17] and a head injury on February 16, 2018 which caused him to miss 10 games.[18][19] Shortly after returning, he suffered a second head injury on March 10, 2018, in a game against the Arizona Coyotes,[20][18] and in late March an infection kept him out for three games.[18] The Avalanche made the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, where Bernier started Game 1 against the Nashville Predators due to an injury to first-choice goaltender Semyon Varlamov.[21] Bernier was himself injured in Game 4 and was replaced by Andrew Hammond in the third period.[22] Hammond started the following two games as the Avalanche were eliminated in six games.[23]

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

With his contract again expiring in the summer, Bernier left the Avalanche as a free agent. He agreed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1, 2018.[24][25] At Detroit, he became the backup to starting goaltender Jimmy Howard. On November 8, 2019, in a game against the Boston Bruins, Bernier recorded two assists, becoming the first Red Wings goalie to do since Jim Rutherford in 1979.[26]

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 married Martine Forget, a Canadian model, on July 23, 2016.[27][28] They have two sons together: Tyler (born August 2014) and Brady (born April 2019).[29]

Bernier's older brother is Marc-André Bernier, a draft choice of the Vancouver Canucks and who is now[when?] captain of Ligue Magnus's Diables Rouges de Briançon.[30] Bernier was a groomsman at the wedding of Meghan Agosta and Marco Marciano, the goaltending coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL on August 31, 2012.[31]

In December 2014, during a Toronto Raptors tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, Bernier referred to 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.[32]

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 1,353 67 0 2.97 .907 1 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 1.000
2005–06 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 54 27 26 0 3,241 146 2 2.70 .908 6 2 4 359 17 1 2.84 .914
2006–07 Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL 37 26 10 0 2,186 94 2 2.58 .905 17 16 1 1,025 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 2,024 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 3,101 124 5 2.40 .910
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 58 30 21 6 3,424 116 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 1,378 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 3,084 138 1 2.68 .923
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 21 28 7 3,177 152 2 2.87 .912
2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 38 12 21 3 2,147 103 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 1,994 83 2 2.50 .915 4 1 2 183 10 0 3.28 .873
2017–18 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 19 13 3 2,002 95 2 2.85 .913 4 1 3 218 14 0 3.87 .883
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 9 18 5 1,860 98 1 3.16 .904
NHL totals 324 137 126 35 17,723 805 17 2.73 .913 9 2 5 430 24 0 3.35 .885

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 [2]
First All-Star Team 2010
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2010 [33]
NHL
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2012
International
WJC18 All-Star Team 2006
Spengler Cup 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bernier, Stoll lead Kings to 2–1 SO win over Stars". nhl.com. March 13, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Kings start fast; Bernier whitewashes Wild". cbssports.com. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Dillman, Lisa (June 23, 2013). "Kings trade goalie Jonathan Bernier to Toronto Maple Leafs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Leafs drop Sabres in fight filled game". Toronto Sun. September 22, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  7. ^ McGran, Kevin (April 4, 2014). "Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier out for rest of NHL regular season". The Toronto Star. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ducks Acquire G Bernier from Toronto in Exchange for Conditional Draft Choice". NHL.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Bernier ready for clean state with Anaheim Ducks". ESPN. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kessel, Fleury lead Penguins to 3-2 win over Ducks". CBS Sports. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ducks beat Flames at home again". CBS Sports. November 6, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Former Maple Leaf Bernier find new life, confidence with Ducks". National Post. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
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  17. ^ "Jonathan Bernier exits game with upper-body injury". NHL.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
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  19. ^ Parmele, Callie (March 31, 2018). "Injury Updates On Johnson, Varlamov". NHL.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
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  24. ^ "Red Wings ink Bernier to three-year deal". The Sports Network. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  25. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 1, 2018). "Red Wings sign free agents Thomas Vanek and Jonathan Bernier". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  26. ^ Hogg, Dave (November 9, 2019). "Fabbri scores twice in Red Wings debut to defeat Bruins". NHL.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  27. ^ "'Hockey Wives' star Martine Forget on motherhood and more". Hello! Canada. March 12, 2015.
  28. ^ Ogweng, Sylvia (July 26, 2016). "Martine Forget And Jonathan Bernier Wed In Elegant Montreal Ceremony". etcanada.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  29. ^ Feschuk, Dave (September 27, 2014). "Leafs' Jonathan Bernier has everything going for him: Feschuk". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014.
  30. ^ "Marc-André Bernier profile". eliteprospects.com. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  31. ^ "Hockey star Meghan Agosta, and Marco Marciano untied passion in pucks". Vancouver Sun. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  32. ^ Cleveland, Amy (December 9, 2014). "Jonathan Bernier mistakenly praises Mandela's hockey skills". www.cbc.ca. cbc. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  33. ^ "Bernier captures Baz Bastien Award". American Hockey League. April 5, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2017.

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