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Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Vancouver Canucks
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 31 1985 (1985-03-31) (age 24),
Quebec City, QC, CAN
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 2005 – present

Steve Bernier (born March 31, 1985 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks, who originally drafted him 16th overall in 2003.

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Playing career

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Junior career

After capturing the 2001 Air Canada Cup, while being named Tournament MVP, with the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy, Bernier was drafted first overall in the 2001 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget Draft. He played his entire four-season major junior career with the Moncton Wildcats. In his rookie year, he led Moncton in goals and finished fourth among QMJHL rookies in overall scoring; he was named to the 2001–02 QMJHL All-Rookie Team. His most productive junior season came in his draft year, 2002–03, when he scored 49 goals and 101 points, ninth in league scoring. He was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team.

Going into the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks traded their 21st, 66th and 107th selections in exchange for the 16th overall position, with which they drafted Bernier. Upon being drafted, Bernier played two more seasons with Moncton and was named once more to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team in 2003–04. Helping lead Moncton to the 2004 QMJHL Finals, he scored 7 goals and 10 assists in 20 playoff games. However, the Wildcats were eliminated by Gatineau in five games. In his fourth and final junior season, in 2004–05, Bernier tallied 71 points (tops in team scoring) and 114 penalty minutes in 68 games, but it marked the second straight season his stats had dropped. Soon after being eliminated in the second round, the Sharks signed Bernier to his first pro contract, a three-year deal.

Pro career

Bernier with the San Jose Sharks checking Alexander Radulov.

Bernier split his first professional season, 2005–06, between the Sharks and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. He scored 14 goals and added 13 assists in 39 games with the Sharks for a successful rookie season. His first NHL goal was scored on November 12, 2005 against Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars. In the playoffs, he added 1 goal and 5 assists in 11 games, as San Jose was eliminated in the second round.

Midway through his sophomore season, Bernier was sent back to the AHL after an 8-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. However, Bernier soon broke his toe and missed a month's worth of games. After rehabilitation and 10 games with Worcester (San Jose's new AHL affiliate), Bernier rejoined the Sharks in late February.

On February 26, at the 2007–08 trade dealine, Bernier was sent to the Buffalo Sabres along with a 1st round draft pick in exchange for Brian Campbell and a seventh round pick. The next day, in his Sabres debut, Bernier scored two goals on his first two shots and later added an assist, helping Buffalo to an 8–4 win over the Nashville Predators. At the time, Thomas Vanek wore number 26 for the Sabres, so Bernier chose the number 56 instead.

As Bernier became a restricted free agent at the end of the season, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2010 and a third round draft pick in 2009 (Los Angeles' selection). While Bernier was admittedly surprised with the trade, he expressed approval in moving to Vancouver. Four days later, he was extended a one-year $2.5 million offer sheet by the St. Louis Blues, which the Canucks quickly matched. Playing in his first season with Vancouver, he injured both his left shoulder and left toe after missing a check on defenceman Brett Lebda and hitting the boards on November 24, 2008 against the Detroit Red Wings. However, he was only briefly sidelined and, setting career-highs in assists and points, he was awarded the Fred J. Hume Award as the team's unsung hero. Following the Canucks' second round elimination to the Chicago Blackhawks, Bernier was re-signed to a two-year contract worth $4 million on May 14, 2009.

International play

Bernier made his first international appearance at the 2001 World U-17 Challenge with Team Quebec. He tallied 6 points in 6 games; Quebec failed to medal.

At the under-18 level, he competed at the 2002 Eight Nations Tournament in Slovakia with Team Canada and captured gold. During his second year of major junior with Moncton, Bernier competed in the 2003 World U18 Championships in Russia. Bernier captured his second straight gold medal with Team Canada in a 3-0 win against Slovakia. He recorded 8 points in 7 games, finishing second in team scoring behind Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

Awards

  • Won the Air Canada Cup with the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy in 2001.
  • Named Air Canada Cup MVP in 2001.
  • Named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team in 2002.
  • Named to the CHL Second All-Star Team in 2003.
  • Named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team in 2003 and 2004.
  • Won the Fred J. Hume Award (Vancouver Canucks' unsung hero) in 2009.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 66 31 28 59 51 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2002–03 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 71 49 52 101 90 2 1 0 1 2
2003–04 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 66 36 46 82 80 20 7 10 17 17
2004–05 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 68 35 36 71 114 12 6 13 19 22
2005–06 Cleveland Barons AHL 49 20 23 43 33 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 39 14 13 27 35 11 1 5 6 8
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 10 3 4 7 2 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 62 15 16 31 29 11 0 1 1 2
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 13 10 23 62 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 17 3 6 9 2 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 81 15 17 32 27 10 2 2 4 7
NHL totals 258 60 62 122 155 32 3 8 11 17

Transactions

  • June 22, 2003 - Selected in the first round, sixteenth overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
  • February 26, 2008 - Traded to the Buffalo Sabres with a first round draft pick in 2008 (Tyler Ennis) for Brian Campbell and seventh round draft pick in 2008 (Drew Daniels).
  • July 4, 2008 - Traded to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round draft pick in 2010 and a third round draft pick in 2009.
  • July 8, 2008 - Signed a one-year $2.5 million contract offer sheet from the St. Louis Blues as a restricted free agent; Canucks matched the offer.
  • May 14, 2009 - Re-signed with the Canucks to a two-year, $4 million contract.

External links

  • Steve Bernier's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Steve Bernier at TSN.ca
Preceded by
Milan Michalek
San Jose Sharks first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Lukas Kaspar
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