EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 18, the Los Angeles Kings recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate. To make room on the roster, the Kings assigned right wing Teddy Purcell to Manchester.
Bernier, 20, was recalled after goaltender Erik Ersberg suffered what is being called a “lower body injury” during the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday (a 3-2 shootout loss for the Kings).
Ersberg, who suffered a groin strain in December, is listed as day-to-day.
Bernier has spent the entire 2008-09 season to date with the Monarchs, earning a 10-12-3 record with a 2.79 goals-against average (GAA), a .897 save percentage and one shutout in twenty-five games.
The 6-0, 185-pound native of Laval, Quebec also played in four games with the Kings last season, earning a 1-3-0 record with a 4.03 GAA and a .864 save percentage while playing behind a very porous defense.
Bernier, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Purcell, 23, has played in seventeen games with the Kings this season, scoring a goal and adding six assists for seven points.
In twenty-three games with the Monarchs this season, the 6-3, 202-pound native of St. John&rsqo;s, Newfoundland has scored nine goals with ten assists for nineteen points.
Purcell was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007.
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