No goaltender won more games as a Hampton Roads Admiral than Mark Bernard.
Bernard joined the Admirals for the 1990-91 season and played 23 games as the Blue and Gold won their first Riley Cup Championship. The next season, the Hamilton, Ontario native led Hampton Roads with 25 wins. But he saved his best work for the playoffs, starting all 14 playoff games in Hampton Road’s run to back-to-back ECHL Championships. Bernard, who was tops in the Riley Cup Playoffs with 12 wins and a 2.62 goals-against average, was named the 1992 ECHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player.
“Bernie” appeared in four seasons with Hampton Roads (1990-91 - 1992-93, 1995-96). He accumulated a 62-38-12 record with a 3.69 goals against average and a .882 save percentage with Hampton Roads. His 62 all-time wins are the most in ECHL Admirals history and are second only to Michael Leighton all-time in Admirals history.
Bernard also served in the Admirals front office during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. During his tenure, the Admirals saw more than a six percent rise in attendance over the previous two seasons - the fifth highest such increase in the AHL. Six of the top ten highest single game crowds in AHL Admirals’ history to that point came under Bernard’s watch – including the team’s first AHL sellout on January 26, 2007. He was the 2007-08 winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial Award as the outstanding executive in the American Hockey League (AHL).