Steve Bernier is currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as of late but has had a very good career in the NHL. He was a first round pick being selected by the San Jose Sharks in 2003. I’d have to say 2003 was one of the very best (at least in my NHL watching lifetime) NHL draft classes. While Steve never reached the type of popularity as others (see: Corey Perry, Mike Richards, Brian Boyle, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Brent Seabrook, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Ryan Suter, Thomas Vanek, Dion Phaneuf, Eric Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber, David Backes, Jimmy Howard, Joe Pavelski, Dustin Byfuglien, Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliot), he was still serviceable.
Since that 2003 draft day in Nashville, Steve has gone on to play for a number of teams including the Buffalo Savres, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. He was resigned to an extension in 2017 by the Islanders organization but sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the beginning of the NHL season in 2018.
As shown in the hockey card, Steve also represented Team Canada on a couple of occasions. The most recent was with the 2003 WJC U-18 team, where they won gold and Steve potted 8 points in that tournament.
Gettin’ the auto
This autograph was attained through the Bridgeport Sound Tigers where Steve has played since the 16/17 season. I decided to send Steve this Team Canada hockey card since I figured that either blue or black would show up nicely. He signed the card, clearly, just above his Team Canada crest with his number 96. The return came about a month after I sent it to him. For people looking for autographs, the Sound Tigers are a great team to send items to. I have received autographs back from Michael Dal Colle, Kristers Gudlevskis and Chris Bourque this season.
Looks like Steve might not have another shot at the NHL level but is continuing his hockey career in the AHL.
A video review of Steve Bernier
A very hopeful debut by Steve Bernier where he collected two goals and an assist in a Sabres win.