When Zdeno Chara left the Boston Bruins it left a lot of uncertainty with the team. One thing that was almost a guarantee however, was that Patrice Bergeron would be named the next person to wear the C on his jersey for the Bruins. Yesterday it was made official and Patrice Bergeron is now the 20th captain in Bruins history; joining the likes of Lionel Hitchman, Dit Clapper, Milt Schmidt, Johnny Bucyk, and Ray Bourque.
The history of the Boston Bruins captains is full of legendary players, great hockey minds, and just generally great human beings. Out of the 20 captains 7 of them have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame and 7 have had their number retired by the Boston Bruins. These are both accomplishments that Patrice Bergeron is sure to accomplish once he decides to leave the ice.
This announcement has been 17 years coming for Bergeron and has been made for this position. While there are players around the league, like our own Brad Marchand, that people will have differing opinions on; Bergeron is the person that people don’t have a bad thing to say. Whether it is his peers or fans of the game; humility, grace, dedication, and passion are the types of praise given to the Bruins veteran.
On or off the ice Patrice Bergeron is the consummate humbled professional. Being nominated for the Selke Trophy for nine consecutive seasons and winning 4 times is the type of career that would easily get you into the hall of fame; it’s his work away from the ice that sets him above and beyond some of his other contemporaries. He is constantly giving back to both the Boston community and his home community in Quebec with his Patrice’s Pals program that brings patients and children’s organizations to Bruins games, annual Holiday Toy Shopping and Hospital Visit, and the annual Gagne-Bergeron Pro-Am to benefit Quebec’s children’s hospitals.
“He has carried himself with great integrity, humility and resiliency,” said Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, “We are incredibly proud to have Patrice fill this important role and look forward to watching him lead the locker room this season and beyond.” I do too Mr. Jacobs, I do too.
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