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.
Bernier with the Avalanche in 2017.
August 7, 1988|
Laval, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||184 lb (83 kg; 13 st 2 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings|
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
11th overall, 2006|
Los Angeles Kings
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 Centre 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.
Los Angeles KingsEdit
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.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto Maple LeafsEdit
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.
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.
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). 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. Bernier made his Ducks debut in a 3-2 defeat to the reigning champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on October 15, 2016. He collected his first win with the Ducks in a 4-1 result over the Calgary Flames on November 6, 2016.
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. 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. His next appearance was in the conference finals, when Gibson was injured in 3-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators on May 20, 2017. 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.
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. 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, and a head injury on February 16, 2018 which caused him to miss 10 games. Shortly after returning, he suffered a second head injury on March 10, 2018, in a game against the Arizona Coyotes, and in late March an infection kept him out for three games. 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. Bernier was himself injured in Game 4 and was replaced by Andrew Hammond in the third period. Hammond started the following two games as the Avalanche were eliminated in six games.
Detroit Red WingsEdit
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. 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.
|World Junior Championships|
|2008 Czech Republic|
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.
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. 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||4||1||3||0||238||16||0||4.03||.864||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||35||9||18||5||1,860||98||1||3.16||.904||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|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|
|First All-Star Team||2010|
|Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award||2010|||
|Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings)||2012|
|WJC18 All-Star Team||2006|
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- "History of the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs". QMJHL. 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
- "Canadian AHL All-Stars 2010 All-Star Game Roster". theahl.com. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
- "Bernier, Stoll lead Kings to 2–1 SO win over Stars". nhl.com. March 13, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
- "Kings start fast; Bernier whitewashes Wild". cbssports.com. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Dillman, Lisa (June 23, 2013). "Kings trade goalie Jonathan Bernier to Toronto Maple Leafs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "Leafs drop Sabres in fight filled game". Toronto Sun. September 22, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- McGran, Kevin (April 4, 2014). "Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier out for rest of NHL regular season". The Toronto Star. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- "Ducks Acquire G Bernier from Toronto in Exchange for Conditional Draft Choice". NHL.com. July 8, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- "Bernier ready for clean state with Anaheim Ducks". ESPN. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- "Kessel, Fleury lead Penguins to 3-2 win over Ducks". CBS Sports. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
- "Ducks beat Flames at home again". CBS Sports. November 6, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- "Former Maple Leaf Bernier find new life, confidence with Ducks". National Post. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "Perry scores in OT, Ducks take 3-0 lead". CBS Sports. April 17, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
- "Ducks goalie Bernier in spotlight if Gibson can't play game 6". Daily News. May 20, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
- "Predators reach 1st Stanley Cup final in eliminating Ducks". CBS Sports. May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- "Avalanche adds forward Colin Wilson, goalie Jonathan Bernier". Denver Post. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "Jonathan Bernier exits game with upper-body injury". NHL.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- Parmele, Callie (March 29, 2018). "Bernier Returns To Practice". NHL.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- Parmele, Callie (March 31, 2018). "Injury Updates On Johnson, Varlamov". NHL.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- Knabenbauer, Ron (March 22, 2018). "Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Kings". NHL.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
- "Predators ready to start chasing Stanley Cup against Avs". tsn.ca. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Hagerman, Criag (April 18, 2018). "Avalanche's Bernier leaves Game 4 with lower-body injury". thescore.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- "Predators eliminate Avalanche with blowout win in Game 6". sportsnet.ca. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- "Red Wings ink Bernier to three-year deal". The Sports Network. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- Kujawa, Kyle (July 1, 2018). "Red Wings sign free agents Thomas Vanek and Jonathan Bernier". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- Hogg, Dave (November 9, 2019). "Fabbri scores twice in Red Wings debut to defeat Bruins". NHL.com. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- "'Hockey Wives' star Martine Forget on motherhood and more". Hello! Canada. March 12, 2015.
- Ogweng, Sylvia (July 26, 2016). "Martine Forget And Jonathan Bernier Wed In Elegant Montreal Ceremony". etcanada.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Feschuk, Dave (September 27, 2014). "Leafs' Jonathan Bernier has everything going for him: Feschuk". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014.
- "Marc-André Bernier profile". eliteprospects.com. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- "Hockey star Meghan Agosta, and Marco Marciano untied passion in pucks". Vancouver Sun. August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "Bernier captures Baz Bastien Award". American Hockey League. April 5, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Jonathan Bernier biography at The Goaltender Home Page - advanced statistics and game logs
- Official website
|Awards and achievements|
| Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick