Archive for Jonathan Bernier

Boston doesn’t sign Reul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

The Boston Herald is reporting the Boston Bruins won’t be signing Denis Reul.  The Bruins had until today to sign the 2007 5th round selection.  He will be eligible to enter the 2009 NHL Draft which will be held on June 26th-27.

Eric Gelinas did very well at the combine from all reports.  He finished in the top ten in two categories.

Pull strength top 10

1. Kyle Palmieri, Notre Dame, 309
2. Kenny Ryan, Boston College, 296
3. John Moore, Colorado College, 286
4. Josh Birkholz, Minnesota, 281
5. William Wrenn, Denver, 280
6. Jordan Caron, QMJHL, 279
7. Victor Hedman, Sweden, 276
8. Eric Gelinas, QMJHL, 269
9. Corban Knight, North Dakota, 267
10. Nick Leddy, Minnesota, 263

Fatigue index

1. Brayden McNabb, WHL, 37.1
2. Burke Gallimore, WHL, 39.0
3. Kenny Ryan, Boston College, 39.9
4. Taylor Beck, OHL, 40.4
5. Nazem Kadri, OHL, 40.7
6. Drew Shore, Denver, 40.8
7. Cassidy Mappin, WHL, 40.8
8. Mike Lee, Roseau and SCSU, 41.0
9. Mac Bennett, Michigan, 41.1
10. Eric Gelinas, QMJHL, 42.3

In other news, Samuel Carrier, who’s apart of the proposed deal with Quebec, will tryout for Canada’s Under-18 team.   Garrett Clarke who appears to heading to Halifax isn’t invited. The team will play in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August.  It’s the same tournament Jonathan Bernier won his Under-18 Gold Medal in his draft year.

Hockey Canada also announced the summer World Junior Camp roster.  No Lewiston Maineiacs are invited eight QMJHL players have been invited including Luke Adam, a Buffalo Sabres prospect.

Paul Byron who played for the Gatineau Olympiques, has signed with Buffalo Sabres.  Chances are he could be in Portland next season.


Bernier to LA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 19, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Press Release

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) and assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Sunday.

The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday. Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day.

Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season. The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season.

The Kings selected Bernier in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and he played in four games with the Kings during the 2007-08 season. Bernier, who won his NHL/Kings debut by backstopping the Kings to a victory vs. the Ducks in London, England, on Sept. 29, 2007, has a career record of 1-3-0, a goals-against-average of 4.03 and a save-percentage of .864 in his four career NHL/Kings appearances. In addition, Bernier won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships.

It’s nice to see Bernier to get his chance again at the NHL level. Hopefully he will get a start or two before Ersberg gets back. From Rich Hammond’s Blog:

-Jonathan Quick will start in goal tomorrow, and Terry Murray is inclined to also have Quick start Wednesday’s game at Colorado. The plan had been to have Quick and Erik Ersberg split the games, but obviously Ersberg is hurt and out until after the all-star break, at least.

That’s not a great sign for Bernier and me. I picked up Bernier in my fantasy league hoping he would get a start this week.

Could we see him this up coming weekend in Montreal at the All-Star festivities? Ersberg is suppose to be the goaltender for the Young Stars game Saturday for the sophomores. It’s unlikely to happen but its wishful thinking on my part.

Maybe the Canadiens’ fans will stuff the ballot boxes for Jaroslav Halak who’s in the his third NHL Season. He’s ineligible but who thought Alexei Kovalev be a starter over Alexander Ovechkin? I could see former Cape Breton Screaming Eagles goalie Ondrej Pavalec be Ersberg’s replacement.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is

Q & A with Jonathan Bernier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 12, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

I got a chance to speak with Jonathan Bernier after the Portland Pirates-Manchester Monarchs game on Tuesday in Orono.  The Portland Pirates defeated the Monarchs 4-3 in shootout.  Bernier was the back-up goaltender for the game.

Nathan Fournier: How’s your season going so far this season?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s good.  We are splitting games between Quickie (Jonathan Quick) and I. We got to keep working.

Nathan Fournier: What has Los Angeles wanted you to work on?

Jonathan Bernier: Just work on my game.  They wanted me to be consistent every game and work hard in practice.

Nathan Fournier: Has Los Angeles giving you a timetable when they might call you up?

Jonathan Bernier: No, like I said before I just need to keep working hard and good things will happen.

Nathan Fournier: How has living from a host family to becoming a professional?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s pretty nice.  It’s nice doing your own thing.  But at the same time it was fun living with a host family.

Nathan Fournier: Fewer restrictions on you now as compared living with a host family?

Jonathan Bernier: (Laughs) Yes.

Nathan Fournier: What’s the difference in lifestyle between Lewiston and Manchester?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s a bigger city (Manchester).  It’s hard compare the hockey because it’s professional.  The city is pretty nice.  It’s hard to compare because I lived in Maine for four years and I liked it.

In other alumni news, according to, Vladislav Balaz  has left  KH Sanok (Polish League) to return to Slovakia for personal reasons.  In five games he had a goal and an assist.

Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is