Sharks right wing Steve Bernier, who suffered a broken toe on Jan. 14 as a result of blocking a shot, is on his way back to Worcester. Bernier sustained the injury against Lowell while playing for the Worcester Sharks, the San Jose Sharks top development AHL affiliate. Initial reports presumed that young winger could be out up to six weeks.
Bernier returned to San Jose to rehab with the team doctors and training staff shortly after sustaining his injury, but left a lasting impression on his Worcester teammates and the entire Sharks organization. Bernier hung around in Worcester one extra day before returning to San Jose and took the entire Worcester Sharks team out to dinner at one of the local steak houses.
Now, just three-and-a-half weeks after breaking his toe, Bernier is on his way back to Worcester which could mean his return to the ice is in the near future. No official timetable has been set for the winger’s return to practice or game play.
Bernier began the 2006-07 season on the San Jose Sharks roster. But after an inconsistent start to the season and an 8-0 beating at the hand of the Phoenix Coyotes, Bernier and Matt Carle found themselves in the middle of a roster shakeup and on assignment in the minors. Bernier and Carle were both assigned to Worcester on Jan. 2. Carle has since been recalled.