LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, who is currently playing in Germany during the NHL lockout, has committed to join Team Canada for the upcoming Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

Jonathan represented Canada at the 2006 World Under-18s in April, which were held in Sweden. He was invited to the 2007 Canadian World Junior selection camp but lost out to Montreal Canadiens  goaltender Carey Price and Calgary Flames prospect Leland Irving. Along with Steve Mason, Bernier was chosen as one of Canada’s goalies for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, in which he finished with a 1-1 record and a 2.00goals against average as Canada won the gold medal. Bernier has appeared in 13 games with Heilbronner in Germany this season, while posting a 2.57 goals-against average with 6 wins and 7  losses. Prior to this season, Bernier has spent his entire NHL career with the LA Kings, winning the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup as a backup to Jonathan Quick.

Hockey Canada doesn’t expect to officially name the Spengler Cup team until just days before Christmas due to the uncertainty of the NHL lockout. Canada is scheduled open the tournament against Adler Mannheim on Dec. 26.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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