NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League have announced that former ECHL goaltender and assistant coach Mark Bernard has been named assistant general manager.
Norfolk is the AHL affiliate of the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL and the Admirals are coached by Mike Haviland, who is one of only two coaches in ECHL history to guide two different teams to the Kelly Cup title, winning in 2003 with Atlantic City and in 2005 with Trenton.
Bernard helped Hampton Roads capture back-to-back Riley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992. He was named the Riley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player in 1992 after going 12-2 and leading the postseason in wins (12), goals-against average (2.62), shutouts (1) and minutes (871) while finishing second in saves (393) and fourth in save percentage (.912). He set the league record with a shutout streak of 138:59 in the Finals, a record that stood until 2003 when Scott Stirling of Atlantic City had a streak of 150:13.
Bernard played seven seasons in the ECHL with Johnstown, Hampton Roads, Erie and Toledo and he was an assistant coach for Roanoke in 2001-02 and Toledo in 2002-03. He appeared in 239 regular season games and was 112-87-20 with a goals-against average of 3.99 and a save percentage of .879. He played in the postseason seven times in his ECHL career compiling a record of 15-8 with a goals-against average of 2.79 and a save percentage of .911.
He was the fifth goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Mar. 27, 2001 against Johnstown and joins Ron Hextall and Martin Brodeur as the only professional goaltenders to have scored two goals in their career.