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L.A. Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier named AHL’s outstanding goaltender

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonathan Bernier was named the American Hockey League’s top goaltender on Monday.

The 21-year-old led the AHL in save percentage (.937) and shutouts (nine) while playing for the Manchester Monarchs this season. He had a 30-20-6 record and 2.03 goals-against average.

Bernier also won all three of his starts for the Kings this season, including a shutout in a March 30 game against Nashville.

The Kings drafted Berneir 11th overall in 2006 and gave him the start for their season opener in 2007-08. He went on to win a gold medal for Canada at the world junior championship later that year.

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Bernier is the youngest player to be named the AHL’s top goalie since Martin Biron in 1999.

The award is named for Aldege (Baz) Bastien, a former AHL goaltender who suffered a career-ending eye injury in 1949.