Former Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has retired from the NHL

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Michael Mazzei
7 months ago
A former Leafs goalie has announced his retirement from the game of hockey.
Jonathan Bernier posted to his Instagram page on Monday that he was going to be hanging up the skates after 14 seasons in the NHL. Originally drafted 11th overall in the 2006 Draft by the Kings, he played parts of five seasons in LA which included winning the 2012 Stanley Cup as the backup to Jonathan Quick. In addition to Toronto, Bernier spent time with the Ducks, Avalanche, Red Wings, and Devils, where he last played during the 2021-22 season.
He was originally acquired by the Leafs in a trade in the summer of 2013, in exchange for Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, and a 2015 second-round pick (which they eventually got back and used to select Travis Dermott). The move was controversial at the time given that it came after James Reimer helped propel the Leafs into a surprise playoff appearance during the lockout-shortened season and pushed his team to a Game 7 against the Bruins, where nothing of note took place.
Bernier would spend three seasons in Toronto where he would post a combined record of 59-68-17, a .915 SV%, a 2.81 GAA, and six shutouts. It was here where he ultimately appeared in the most games of any team he played for at 151. There were some bright spots during his time with the Leafs, including a preseason fight with Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and getting the shootout win in the 2014 Winter Classic. Having said that, his tenure was also mired in poorly timed blunders, injuries, and a Leafs team that consistently finished well outside the playoffs.
His time donning the Blue and White came to an end in July 2016 when he was sent to the Ducks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2017 Draft, which cleared the way for the recently acquired Frederik Andersen to become the Leafs’ new starter.
All together, Bernier finished his career with a record of 165-163-40, a .912 SV%, a 2.77 GAA, and 18 shutouts. He also got to play in nine playoff games where he posted two wins, a .885 SV% and a 3.35 GAA.
Stats from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick.

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