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Kings’ Bernier commits to Team Canada for Spengler Cup

Dec 13, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

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LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier — currently plying his trade with Heilbronn of the German second division — has committed to join Team Canada for the upcoming Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

Just one catch: Bernier will only play if the NHL lockout is still going.

The 2012 Spengler will be played in Davos and will feature the host club, Team Canada, Germany’s Adler Mannheim, Swizterland’s Fribourg-Gotteron, the Czech Republic’s Vitkovice Steel and Russia’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Bernier, who would likely be Canada’s No. 1 netminder, has enjoyed some much-needed playing in the Bundesliga this season, appearing in 13 games with Heilbronner while posting a 2.57 goals-against average.

(To put that in perspective, he only played 16 games for the Kings during the entire 2011-12 regular season.)

The Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston spoke to Hockey Canada vice president Brad Pascall, who acknowledged he’s been in contact with Bernier and a number of locked-out NHLers playing in Europe — Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Brooks Laich — about their availability for the Spengler.

It’s understood all are in a similar situation to Bernier, in that their decisions are contingent on the lockout.

  1. windmiller4 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Enter Blomfeld…

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    We’re running a middle-of-the-road backup as our starter? =/

  3. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Dude has talent!

  4. manchestermiracle - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    At the rate the owners and players are pissing on each other’s campfires chances are very good Bernier will play.

    danphipps: Middle-of-the-road backup? Eleventh overall pick in the ’06 draft and backed up the best tender in the league last year while posting good numbers in the few games he got into (2.36/.909). Have you even seen him play?

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      Miracle – just ignore him as he’s trying to tease and nothing more … since Schneider kicked the 64 million dollar Michelin Man out of his job, Bernier is now without a doubt the absolute “best” back-up goalie in the league, bar none ! … my only concern is that he’ll go at some point, assuming Quick continues with his stellar play and remains healthy, etc …

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        As long as we get equal value in return, I’l trust Lombardi to have a plan to replace Bernier. You can’t blame Jon for wanting to be the main man somewhere, and he knows Quick will be the #1 in L.A. for some time to come.

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