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Former Enforcer Shares Remarkable Tale of Patrice Bergeron

Published May 6, 2023 at 4:20 PM
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Patrice Bergeron has undoubtedly left his mark on every player that has graced the Boston Bruins' roster, as exemplified by a tale from a retired enforcer.

A True Captain's Leadership



Ex-NHL bruiser Zac Rinaldo, who spent a mere 52 games with the Bruins, recounted an incredible story illustrating the immediate and profound effect Bergeron had on him.

Rinaldo joined Aaron Korolnek and former player Carlo Colaiacovo on TSN 1050 radio show, where he shared:


''But it's not just what he does on the ice. It's how he carries himself off the ice. He holds himself to a very high standard. What he preaches, he practices. He leads by example.''

Rinaldo also divulged a wild anecdote about Bergeron and Zdeno Chara's team ''expectations''. While not mentioned in the video, Rinaldo also highlighted Bergeron's ability to withstand a massive hit to ultimately send a message to the team.

''If that's anybody else, they're laying on the ice and playing that up a little bit. But he had that pride, he had that leadership where, ‘Nope, I'm getting right back up.' Even if he was seeing stars, he didn't want anybody else to know that, and he got up.''

‘'That, to me, really showed big leadership on his part, and I was bought in right after that.‘'

Hearing these behind-the-scenes insights into Bergeron's leadership within the Bruins locker room is truly awe-inspiring.

As mentioned earlier, Rinaldo played just 52 games with the Bruins in the 2015-16 season, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists, along with 83 penalty minutes. His last NHL stint was in the 2020-21 season when he played 4 games for the Calgary Flames.


As read on Bruins Insider - Ex-Enforcer Recounts Memorable Instances of Patrice Bergeron's Leadership Skills.
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