Lewiston, ME – The Lewiston MAINEiacs are proud to announce that goaltender Jonathan Bernier
is launching a fundraising program in support of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to run throughout the remainder of the 2007-2008 regular season.
The program, appropriately called “Bernier’s Saves to Remember,” will generate funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Bernier will make an $8 donation to the Maine Alzheimer’s Association every time he stops the puck for the Lewiston MAINEiacs during the remainder of the 2007-2008 season.
Bernier, a first round NHL draft pick in 2006, started this season in Los Angeles playing for the Kings of the National Hockey League. Bernier played in the Kings historic season opener in London, England posting a 4-1 victory on the 29th of September. Bernier played a total of 4 games this year with LA as a 19-year old before returning to the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“Jonathan has a family connection to Alzheimer’s disease and is proud to find himself in a position to be able to assist in the fight against this disease,” commented Matt McKnight, the team’s President & Governor. “Jonathan is a testament of what it means to be a MAINEiacs player. His personal commitment to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease sets a great example of positive leadership for his teammates and this community.”
The Maine Alzheimer's Association serves the entire State of Maine. There are approximately 30,000 families in Maine who are affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Bernier’s Saves to Remember officially commenced this past weekend as Lewiston played 3 games in 3 nights in the cities of Moncton Bathurst. Bernier played in 2 of those 3 games, recording a total of 68 saves (32 vs. Moncton & 36 vs. Acadie-Bathurst) which translates into $544 towards the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.