Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Serge Bernier
Right-winger Serge Bernier was a fine playmaker and scorer in the NHL who became an explosive force with the WHA's Quebec Nordiques. He was a good skater whose 190-pound frame allowed him to stand his ground in front of the net.

Bernier played junior in the QMJHL with the Sorel Eperviers. He was chosen fifth overall by the expansion Philadelphia Flyers at the 1967 Amateur Draft. The Flyers sent him to the AHL to develop and he responded with consecutive 20-goal seasons for the Quebec Aces.

Bernier impressed with 23 goals as a Philadelphia rookie in 1970-71 playing with Jim Johnson and Bill Lesuk. The talented forward was traded in 1971-72 to the L.A. Kings in the deal that brought Bill Flett and Ross Lonsberry to the Flyers. Bernier register a career high 68 points for the Kings in 1972-73 before jumping to the WHA.

The high-flying Nordiques were the perfect fit for Bernier. He represented Canada at the 1974 Summit Series versus the USSR and scored 54 goals in 1974-75 when he teamed with Rejean Houle and Michel Parizeau. Bernier was placed on the WHA second all-star team and was a hero at Le Colisee. The next season he led all playoff scorers 14 goals and 36 points as the Nords won the Avco Cup. Following the victory he was named the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Bernier continued to be force for Quebec through the 1978-79 season and was retained by the franchise when it merged with the NHL in 1979-80. Bernier battled assorted injuries and was more of a role player for the club before announcing his retirement in 1981.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1964-65 Matane Castors Que-Sr.
1965-66 Sorel Eperviers QJHL
1966-67 Sorel Eperviers QJHL 33 37 46 83 139 4 2 1 3 18
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 33 7 11 18 56 6 6 4 10 6
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 70 27 32 59 118 12 1 6 7 2
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 1 1 0 -1
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 70 22 48 70 88 5 2 3 5 36
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 23 28 51 77 -7 4 1 1 2 0
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 12 11 23 51 -20
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 26 11 11 22 12 +3
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 22 46 68 43 -20
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 74 37 49 86 107
1974-75 Canada Summit-74 8 1 2 3 4
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 76 54 68 122 75 16 8 8 16 6
1975-76 Quebec Nordiques WHA 70 34 68 102 91 5 2 6 8 6
1976-77 Quebec Nordiques WHA 74 43 53 96 94 17 14 22 36 10
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 58 26 52 78 48 11 4 10 14 17
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 65 36 46 82 71 1 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 32 8 14 22 31 -5
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 2 8 10 18 -8 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 302 78 119 197 234 5 1 1 2 0


WHA Second All-Star Team (1975)
WHA - Playoff MVP Trophy (1977)
Traded to Los Angeles by Philadelphia with Bill Lesuk and Jim Johnson for Bill Flett, Eddie Joyal, Jean Potvin and Ross Lonsberry, January 28, 1972. Selected by Ontario-Ottawa (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. WHA rights traded to Quebec (WHA) by Ottawa (WHA) for future considerations, June, 1973. Rights retained by Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979.