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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings's Mike Kalinowski caught up with Kings goaltending prospect Jonathan Bernier in a phone interview this week. Check out what the goalie phenom had to say.

 Interview with Jonathan Bernier 


Position: Goaltender

Born: Aug. 7, 1988 in Laval, Quebec

Drafted: Selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft

Noteworthy Accomplishments: Bernier started the 2007-08 season with the Kings, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 4.03 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in four games. He recorded his first NHL win in his NHL debut on Sept. 29 vs. Anaheim (in London), stopping 26 of 27 shots. After opening the season with the Kings, he next played the majority of the season with Lewiston (QMJHL), where he posted an 18-12-3 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 48 regular season games.

Bernier was assigned to Manchester on April 3 (after Lewiston was eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs), and he appeared in three playoff games for Manchester, posting an 0-3 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. The 19-year-old netminder was also a member of Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship, held in the Czech Republic in January. He posted a 1-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, one shutout and .947 save percentage in two games, helping Team Canada win the gold medal.

Interview Highlights:

  • Will start preparing in June for the Kings 2008 training camp
  • He’s coming off about a month of rest after packing a ton of hockey into the last 12 months (June of 2007 through April of 2008)
  • Was at first upset to be sent back to junior hockey after starting the 2007-08 season with the Kings, but he now thinks that move was the right move for his career
  • Says his No. 1 key for success will be to enjoy the game and not put too much pressure on himself when he battles for a spot on the Kings at training camp in September
  • Doesn’t have to look hard for goaltending advice within the organization as he can always seek help from Ron Hextall and Bill Ranford
  • Understands that it usually takes goalies a little bit longer to fully develop as an NHL player
  • Has confidence that Dean Lombardi and Hextall have his best interest in mind as he continues to develop
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