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Avalanche Signs Jonathan Bernier

Former first-round draft pick has appeared in 252 NHL Games

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Bernier, 28, appeared in 39 games for the Anaheim Ducks this past season, posting a 21-7-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. The Laval, Quebec, native compiled a 12-1-2 record over his final 15 starts, with his 12 wins leading all NHL netminders from March 1 until the end of the season. Bernier was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for March 6-12 after going 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.62 GAA and .948 SV% in three games. He had a career-high scoreless streak of 125:41 during that stretch from March 7-12. The 6-foot, 184-pound goaltender went on to appear in four playoff contests for the Ducks, including one start (1-2-0, 3.28 GAA).

"Jonathan is a proven NHL netminder who brings experience to our goaltending position," said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. "He is coming off a strong season with the Ducks, and we look forward to having him and Semyon Varlamov as our goalie tandem this season."

Selected by Los Angeles with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2006 Entry Draft, Bernier has fashioned a 109-95-27 career record with a 2.65 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 252 NHL games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2011-12, serving as the backup to Jonathan Quick. Bernier made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2007-08 and spent his first five seasons in Los Angeles before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013-14, when he won a career-high 26 games (26-19-7). After three seasons with the Leafs, Bernier was acquired by the Ducks on July 8, 2016.

In 2009-10, Bernier won the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Award as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender with the Manchester Monarchs. He was also named to the AHL First All-Star Team that year. Prior to turning pro, Bernier was selected to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team and Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team with the Lewiston MAINEiacs in 2006-07.

At the international level, Bernier represented Team Canada at 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia and won a gold medal for his country at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic. He also competed for his nation at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Sweden.

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