Former Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier announces retirement from NHL


Former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier makes a glove save against the Boston Bruins in 2016. Bernier has announced his retirement. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier announced his retirement from professional hockey via a post on his Instagram account on Monday.

“There are no words to express my gratitude to everyone who has been a part of my hockey journey,” Bernier wrote in his post. “Without all of you, I couldn’t have done it.”

Bernier, 35, had a 14-season NHL career, beginning with the Los Angeles Kings, who drafted him 11th overall in 2006. The native of Laval, Que., made stops in Toronto, Anaheim, Colorado, Detroit and New Jersey along the way, playing 403 games at the NHL level.

Bernier was traded by Detroit to Carolina after the 2020-21 season, but could not come to terms with the Hurricanes, signing an $8.2 million, three-year deal with the Devils as a free agent instead. He played in just 10 games that season and then missed all of 2022-23 due to a hip injury that required surgery.

He finishes his career with a 165-163-40 record, and a 2.77 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Bernier won a Stanley Cup in 2012 as a backup with the Kings, though he did not see any action during those playoffs.

— With files from The Associated Press

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