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Canucks report - Bernier re-signs, Coach and GM speak

Thursday, 14.05.2009 / 2:23 PM / Features
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Canucks report - Bernier re-signs, Coach and GM speak

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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the team has re-signed right wing, Steve Bernier. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Steve Bernier had a career year with Vancouver and we look forward to him building on a successful first season with the club,” said Mike Gillis. “Steve is a talented young player, who will continue to improve and mature over the course of his career.”

"This has been a disappointing week so far with our elimination, so it’s been a tough time, but having good news like this put my smile back on my face," said Bernier. "Right now I’m very, very excited to start the summer and try to get as ready as possible for next year."

Bernier, 24, set career highs in his first year with Vancouver, recording 32 points (15-17-32) and 27 penalty minutes in 81 games played. The Canucks forward also finished the season ranked third on the team with four game-winning goals.

"There are a lot of things that I can improve and I’m going to be committed to improve them and I can’t wait to start."

In 258 career NHL games Bernier has recorded 122 points (60-62-122) and 155 penalty minutes. On the international stage, Bernier captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2003.

"TEAM OF DESTINY"

That’s definitely not how Alain Vigneault wanted to celebrate his big day.

Instead of wolfing down birthday cake with a party hat on surrounded by balloons and streamers, Vigneault spent Thursday afternoon shoulder to shoulder with Canucks GM Mike Gillis speaking with the media to wrap up the 2008-09 season.

Actually, celebrating his 48th birthday wasn’t what Vigneault wanted to be doing on this day either. He would have much rather had it fly under the radar in favor of preparing for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal.

Like the players, Vancouver’s commander in chief is admittedly still “disappointed and shocked” that the year came to such an abrupt halt, particularly because he had a gut feeling the stars were finally going to align for the Canucks. More