LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) today announced that goaltender Jonathan Bernier is the Kings’ nominee for the 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually by the PHWA to honor the late Bill Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars who exhibited qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey before he died on January 15, 1968, as the result of an on-ice injury.
The Los Angeles PHWA chapter provided the following on Bernier:
Bernier didn’t play during the Kings’ playoff run last season because of Jonathan Quick’s excellence and durability, but Bernier has been a valuable member of the team this season. With Quick recovering from back surgery and working to regain his old form, Bernier compiled numbers that rank him among the NHL leaders.
Through the games of April 21, Bernier was 9-2-1 in 13 games with a 1.86 goals-against average and .922 save percentage, putting him among the league leaders in both categories. He also had one shutout. In addition, he is always available to the media for interviews.
Bernier, 24, missed the Kings’ Stanley Cup celebration visit to the White House to be with his family following the death of his beloved grandmother in March.
Bernier won the Kings’ Community Service Award for his charitable work last season. He donated four lower-level tickets to each game last season to patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and their families, and he met with each patient after games as part of a program called “Bernie’s Angels.” During the playoffs he conducted an essay contest to give away goalie gear to an aspiring goaltender. He helped select the winner and three runnersup and invited them to a goalie clinic.
The Kings visit the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night at 5 p.m. (PT) with the game to air on Prime Ticket and KTLK AM 1150 with pre-game shows.