Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the club has signed winger, Steve Bernier to a new contract. Bernier had been signed to an offer sheet by the St. Louis Blues earlier today. Bernier was acquired by the Canucks from the Buffalo Sabres on July 4, 2008.
"Steve is a highly regarded young offensive player in our League," said Gillis. "As we have stated with his right-handed shot he will be a great addition to our top six forward group and an asset to our power play."
"We have a great deal of respect for the St. Louis Blues, John Davidson, Larry Pleau and their management team. The offer sheet to Bernier is a clear indication of how highly Steve is thought of in our League."
Bernier, 23, split the 2007-08 season between the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks combining for 32 points (16-16-32) and 64 penalty minutes in 76 games played. In 177 career NHL games Bernier has recorded 45 goals, 45 assists (45-45-90) and 128 penalty minutes. Bernier captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2003.
The 6-foot-2, 225 lbs. native of Quebec City, PQ, was originally selected in the 1st round, 16th overall in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.