Here’s the video from Jonathan Bernier’s ‘Welcome to Germany’ press conference held yesterday.
Although it looks more like he’s joined a NASCAR race team based on their snappy uniforms – or is about to enter a beer drinking contest, given all the bottles on the table in front of him – he’s actually signed on to play in goal for Heilbronner Falken of Germany’s tier II league.
After leading off with a joke about not being good enough for the German Elite League, Bernier went on to answer all the questions in English and talked about his fiance, cars, a connection to the Manchester Monarchs, other guys in the league he knows (i.e. Wayne Simmonds), when the NHL lockout might end and much more…
Also of note, he’s scheduled to make his debut for the team later today and we’ll have a report on how it went up on the site in a few hours.
Plus, you can expect a new one-on-one interview with him here on MayorsManor real soon. He dialed us up from Germany after the morning skate today and sounded pumped up and ready to go, saying he’s excited to be playing again. We chatted about his time with the Stanley Cup this summer, some new tattoos, his trade request out of LA, feelings about Jonathan Quick’s success (and his new contract), plus some other teams he spoke to in Europe – including his first choice of where he wanted to go and why. Look for that whole story this weekend.