Jonathan Bernier officially announces his retirement.
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Jonathan Bernier officially announces his retirement.

The long time National Hockey League goaltender is hanging up his skates for good, announcing his retirement on Monday.

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17 years after being drafted into the National Hockey League, veteran goaltender Jonathan Bernier is officially calling it a career.

On Monday, the NHL itself officially announced Bernier would be retiring after a career that spanned 404 games across a variety of teams that included the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and most recently the New Jersey Devils.

Bernier was selected in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the aforementioned Kings and would spend the first few seasons of his career there as a backup goaltender. It wouldn't be until his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs that Bernier would take on a bigger role, and unsurprisingly the Leafs are the team he played the most games (151) with.

Bernier appeared in just 10 games for the Devils last season recording a 3.06 goals against average and a .902 save percentage and became a free agent on July 1st. It is unclear if Bernier simply did not receive any offers, or merely opted to walk away on his own terms.

Either way, I would like to wish him nothing but the best on his future endeavors.