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Retired Boston Player Leaves the Team in Good Hands

Published March 4, 2024 at 11:31

Patrice Bergeron has left his mark in the league after 19 seasons. The final 3 of those seasons were played as captain, and fans became very worried after the announcement of Bergeron retiring. As a six-time winner of the Selke Trophy as top defensive forward, where would the Bruins end up without him?

After retiring alongside teammate David Krejci, the Bruins were left in an unpredictable spot. The consistency lost after these two longstanding players retired left a hole in the Bruins that needed to be repaired. These worried have since been laid to rest as Boston is in contention for first place overall.

«There's a lot of character in the locker room, a lot of experience,» said Patrice Bergeron. «There are guys in there that have been in there for a long time. There's a lot of talent still. You lose two older players, both centers, but there's still some very good centers. And kudos to (coach Jim Montgomery) and the leadership group for making sure that things stay the same. They stay on task as far as being effective and performing and competitive.»

One of these players is Brad Marchand, and this is what Bergeron had to say about him: «I've seen him evolve and grow and mature over the years,» Bergeron said of Marchand. «It's been significant growth — whether it's on the ice or him as a person, or as a leader — and I think that's what you want to see. That's how things go sometimes. You become ready for opportunities.»

Bergeron is known for standing up for what he believes in, both on and off the ice. He is remembered as the leader of a protest, forcing the Bruins to cut ties with Mitchell Miller who has a known history of racist behavior.

On top of his strong beliefs and values, his performance over the years has made him a top contender for the Hall of Fame as soon has he is eligible. From world championship gold as an 18-year-old in 2004, to world junior title at 19 in 2005, to 2 Olympic gold medals, the Stanley cup in 2011 and the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, Bergeron is filled head to toe with some of the greatest accomplishments in hockey.

His presence on the team will be missed, but the silver lining is that Bergeron can now focus on his wife and family, while the Boston Bruins continue to thrive.

source: the star
March 4   |   255 answers
Retired Boston Player Leaves the Team in Good Hands

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