EL SEGUNDO, CA AND MANCHESTER, NH — On April 2, the Los Angeles Kings assigned goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate. In related news, the Monarchs signed goaltenders Jean-Francois Berube and Dave Wilson to amateur tryout agreements.
Bernier, 21, has a 3-0-0 record in three appearances with the Kings this season, earning a 1.30 goals-against average (GAA) and a .957 save percentage with one shutout, his first in the National Hockey League.
With the Monarchs this season, Bernier is 29-20-6 in 56 games, with a 2.07 GAA, a .936 save percentage and eight shutouts.
Bernier was named to the AHL’s First Team All-Star squad on April 1.
With Monarchs goaltender and Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff out with an injury, Berube, another Kings prospect and Wilson (not a Kings prospect) will backup Bernier.
In two seasons with the Juniors, the 6-1. 155-pound native of Repentigay, Quebec has a 22-32-0 record, a 2.99 GAA and a .898 save percentage in 65 games.
Berube was selected by the Kings in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Monarchs also announced that they have released goaltender Matt Lopes from his amateur tryout agreement.
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