Patrice Bergeron

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Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron - Boston Bruins 2016.jpg
Bergeron in 2014.
Born (1985-07-24) July 24, 1985 (age 31)
L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
HC Lugano
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2003
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2003–present

Patrice Bergeron[1] (born July 24, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He played junior hockey with the Acadie–Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for one full season before being selected 45th overall by the Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL after his draft and joined the Bruins in 2003–04. Internationally, Bergeron competes for Team Canada and has won gold medals at the 2004 World Championships, 2005 World Junior Championships, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2014 Winter Olympics. Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club after winning the Stanley Cup with Boston on June 15, 2011. Bergeron scored two goals including the Stanley Cup winning goal at 14:37 of the first period of Game 7 at Vancouver. From his superb two-way playing abilities, he has earned four wins of the Selke Trophy awarded annually to the NHL forward with the best defensive skills - tying him with Bob Gainey of the rival Canadiens for the most wins of the trophy by a single skater in National Hockey League history.[2] Bergeron is considered to be one of the premier two-way forwards in the game today.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Playing career[edit]

Minor hockey[edit]

Bergeron grew up in his hometown of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, and was mostly an A and AA player throughout his minor hockey days. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2001 QMJHL Draft out of AAA Bantam hockey with the Sainte-Foy Gouverneurs. The following year, he played A hockey for the Séminaire St-François Blizzard before reporting to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL.

Boston Bruins[edit]

Bergeron was drafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins 45th overall. During his rookie season, Bergeron was selected for the NHL YoungStars Game in Minnesota as part of the 2004 All-Star weekend. He finished his rookie season with 39 points in 71 games. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lock-out, Bergeron played for Boston's minor league affiliate, the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL); he tallied 61 points in 68 games.

As the NHL resumed the following season, Bergeron led the Bruins with a career-high 31 goals and 73 points. He played the majority of the season with linemates Brad Boyes and newcomer Marco Sturm, who had been acquired in a trade that sent captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks in November 2005. The Bruins general manager at the time, Mike O'Connell, recalled in a June 2011 interview that the organization had made a decision to build the team around Bergeron instead of Thornton, preferring the former's on- and off-ice character.[10] At the end of the year, Bergeron was selected by the Bruins to receive the team's 7th Player Award as the player most deemed to have exceeded expectations. Playing under a defensive system employed by new head coach Dave Lewis,[11] he recorded his second consecutive 70-point campaign in 2006–07 with 22 goals and 48 assists. He played alongside Marco Sturm and Brad Boyes until Boyes was traded late in the season. He was hampered the majority of the season by a nagging shoulder injury.

After recording three goals and four assists in the first ten games of the 2007–08 season, Bergeron suffered a season-ending head injury during a game on October 27, 2007. Checked from behind by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones, Bergeron hit his head on the end-boards, knocking him unconscious. He lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before being wheeled off on a stretcher and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose and a grade-three concussion. Jones received a two-game suspension from the NHL.[12] Bergeron made his first public statements regarding the injury on November 8, saying that he would not take any legal action and that Jones had tried to contact him to apologize.[13]

On January 19, 2008, the Boston Globe reported that he had been sent on a vacation by Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli and that he would likely sit out for the remainder of the season as his recovery had regressed.[14] In March 2008, he started preliminary on-ice practice with Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez, who was himself recovering from knee surgery.[15] He steadily progressed into full-contact practices in early-April, aiming for a playoff return against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round; he was held back by team doctors.[16] In June 2008, Bergeron was reported as being symptom-free during off-season training.[17] He participated in the Bruins' summer development camp (typically for Bruins prospects) with Fernandez,[18] before joining the Bruins' main training camp.[19] He returned to action with the Bruins for the team's pre-season opening game on September 22, 2008, against the Montreal Canadiens, an 8–3 victory played in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[20]

Bergeron skates towards the net during a game against the New Jersey Devils in February 2009.

After the 2008–09 season began, Bergeron scored his first goal since his concussion on October 23, 2008, in a 4–2 home game loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.[21] Two months later, in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 20, 2008, Bergeron collided with opposing defenceman, and future Bruin, Dennis Seidenberg, suffering another concussion. He lay face down on the ice while being attended to by team trainers and eventually left the ice under his own power. He was released from the hospital the day after the collision and placed on injured reserve.[22] (Seidenberg and Bergeron later became teammates on the Bruins after a trade for Byron Bitz to the Florida Panthers in 2010 to get Seidenberg.) Bergeron returned after being sidelined for a month and completed the season with 39 points in 64 games. In the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bergeron recorded his first career fighting major in an altercation with Montreal's Josh Gorges.

In 2009–10, Bergeron scored 52 points while playing on a line with winger Mark Recchi. During the 2010 playoffs, he scored four goals and added seven assists for 11 points in 14 games. The following season, Bergeron scored his first career NHL hat-trick in a Bruins victory over the Ottawa Senators on January 11, 2011.[23] Bergeron was named the NHL's First Star of the Month and was twice named First Star of the Week in January 2011.[citation needed]

Bergeron in all black Bruins third jersey in 2011

Bergeron has been in two post-season fights in his entire NHL career, on April 18, 2009, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals. Josh Gorges reached out and hit Bergeron in the jaw, and Bergeron retaliated by pummelling Gorges with two huge left punches. This was a seen as a huge motivator for the series. The second came on June 1, 2013, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He and Evgeni Malkin began squaring off at centre ice, leading to Malkin knocking off Bergeron's helmet before they both threw off their gloves to fight. The two continued to throw blows even while referees attempted to separate them.

Bergeron was once again concussed after a hit from Claude Giroux on May 6, 2011, in Game 4 of the second round in the 2011 playoffs. It is believed to be a mild concussion that kept him out of the beginning of the third round of the playoffs. On June 1, 2011, with the Boston Bruins, Alexandre Burrows allegedly bit Bergeron's finger. No penalty was called and the league did not fine or suspend Burrows because the alleged bite was not supported by any evidence except video of Burrows biting Bergeron's glove while his hand was still inside it and bite marks on Bergeron's finger.

Bergeron became the 26th member of the Triple Gold Club on June 15, 2011, with the Bruins when they won the team's sixth Stanley Cup. He scored two goals in Game 7 of the series, including the game (and series) winner. On the Stanley Cup, Bergeron is listed by his birth name, Patrice Bergeron-Cleary. After the close of the 2012 NHL playoffs, even with the Bruins team eliminated in the first round by the Washington Capitals, Bergeron's constant defensive efforts on the ice earned him the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward for the entire 2011–12 NHL season.[24]

After finishing second in Selke Trophy voting for the shortened 2013 season, Bergeron turned in a heroic playoff performance which included the tying and game winning goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of Round 1, and the overtime winner in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bergeron also became renowned in the hockey world for displaying his toughness when, in the Stanley Cup Finals, he played through a punctured lung, separated shoulder, broken rib and a broken nose.

The Bruins re-signed Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension worth $52 million ($6.5 million per year) on July 12, 2013.[25] In the following 2013–14 season, Bergeron reached the 30-goal mark for the second time in his career, achieving a total of 30 goals and 32 assists, and was a major factor as the Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy. For his performance in the regular season, Bergeron was awarded his second career Frank J. Selke Trophy, as well as the NHL Foundation Player Award. He was named as the cover athlete for the NHL 15 video game in the same ceremony.

As Bergeron continued play with the Bruins for the 2014–15 season, on February 23, 2015, Bergeron recorded his 200th career goal as the Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6–2. Patrice Bergeron, who has played his entire NHL career as a member of the Boston Bruins since they drafted him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, is the 17th player in franchise history to score 200 or more career goals for the club.[26]

Bergeron's play during the 2016–17 Boston Bruins season was hampered by a sports hernia that occurred at some time early in the season, which was revealed on April 25, 2017.[27] Bergeron's sports hernia was operated on May 8, 2017, and is expected to be ready for the Bruins' training camp before the 2017-18 NHL season begins.[28]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi
Gold medal – first place 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Czech Republic
Canada Cup / World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2016 Toronto
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 United States
Spengler Cup
Gold medal – first place 2012 Davos

Following his rookie season in the NHL, Bergeron was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. He notched one goal in his international debut and won his first gold medal with Canada.

The following year, Bergeron was chosen to the Canadian national junior team for the 2005 World Junior Championships in North Dakota. He was lent to the team from the Providence Bruins of the AHL, where he was playing due to the NHL lock-out. Bergeron was eligible for the World Juniors the previous year, as well, but was not lent to the national team because he was playing in the NHL. He finished the tournament with five goals and eight assists totalling 13 points over six games, while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry. He scored a goal in Canada's 6–1 gold medal victory over Russia. Bergeron finished the tournament as the leading scorer to earn MVP and All-Star team honours. By helping Canada win gold at the tournament, he became the first player to win a men's gold medal before winning at the junior level.

Bergeron made his second appearance at the World Championships in 2006 and was reunited on a line with World Junior teammate Sidney Crosby, to whom he finished second in tournament scoring with 14 points. Bergeron was once again invited to play for Canada in the 2007 World Championships. He declined, citing that he wanted to recover from injuries suffered during the NHL season.

Bergeron in 2014

On December 30, 2009, Bergeron was selected to play for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was the only player selected who did not receive an invitation to the selection camp earlier in the summer. Many commentators predicted Bergeron would play on a line with Crosby due to his previous experience with him at the World Juniors and World Championships but he ended up as the 13th forward due to a groin injury obtained in Canada's first game. He played primarily on the penalty kill and in defensive-zone faceoffs.[29]

During the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Bergeron played for HC Lugano and competed for Canada at the 2013 Spengler Cup, along with teammate at the time, Tyler Seguin. Canada took gold in the event, and Bergeron scored the first goal in the first minute of a 7–2 Canada rout over HC Davos, and added three assists.[30]

Bergeron won his second gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Sainte-Foy Gouveneurs QMAAA 5 1 2 3 0
2001–02 Séminaire St-François Blizzard QMAAA 38 25 37 62 18
2001–02 Acadie–Bathurst Titan QMJHL 4 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Acadie–Bathurst Titan QMJHL 70 23 50 73 62 11 6 7 15 6
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 71 16 23 39 22 7 1 3 4 0
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 68 21 40 61 59 16 5 7 12 4
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 81 31 42 73 22
2006–07 Boston Bruins NHL 77 22 48 70 26
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 10 3 4 7 2
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 64 8 31 39 2 11 0 5 5 11
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 73 19 33 52 28 13 4 7 11 2
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 80 22 35 57 26 23 6 14 20 28
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 81 22 42 64 20 7 0 2 2 8
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 21 11 18 29 8
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 42 10 22 32 18 22 9 6 15 13
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 80 30 32 62 43 12 3 6 9 4
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 81 23 32 55 44
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 80 32 36 68 49
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 79 21 32 53 24 6 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 899 259 412 671 340 101 25 45 70 68


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 1 0 1 4
2005 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 5 8 13 6
2006 Canada WC 4th 9 6 8 14 2
2010 Canada Oly 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 2
2012 Canada SC 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1 4 5 4
2014 Canada Oly 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 4
2016 Canada WCH 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 4 3 7 2
Junior totals 6 5 8 13 6
Senior totals 41 12 18 30 18

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-Star Game 2005
YoungStars Game 2004
Stanley Cup (Boston Bruins) 2011
Bud Light Trophy (Best plus-minus) 2012
Frank J. Selke Trophy 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2013
Foundational Player Award 2014
NHL 15: official cover athlete 2015
All-Star Game 2015, 2016
WJC First All-Star Team 2005
WJC Tournament MVP 2005
WC Top 3 player on Team 2006


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  2. ^ Switaj, Caryn (June 22, 2017). "Bergeron Humbled by Fourth Selke". National Hockey League. Retrieved June 22, 2017. Patrice Bergeron is often soft-spoken, but he's not often speechless. On Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Bergeron was finding it hard to adequately describe how special the evening had been for him. The Bruins alternate captain had just won his fourth Frank J. Selke Trophy, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gainey for the most Selke wins in league history. 
  3. ^ "Patrice Bergeron Shows He's the Best All-Around Player in the NHL". Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Patrice Bergeron Is 'pound for Pound Best Player in the NHL'". 
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  7. ^ "Bergeron narrow runner-up in Selke, wins Clancy Trophy". 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
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  10. ^ "Felger & Mazz: Ex-GM Mike O’Connell "Glad" Bruins Won Before Sharks". 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
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  26. ^
  27. ^ Cole, Mike (April 25, 2017). "Bruins Injuries: Patrice Bergeron Played With Sports Hernia This Season". NESN. Retrieved April 26, 2017. Bergeron revealed Tuesday that he played most of the season with a sports hernia, which certainly would explain a relatively slow start for the Selke Trophy finalist. Bergeron is unsure if he’ll need surgery, but he should be good to go at the start of next season. After all, a sports hernia is nothing compared to what Bergeron played through in 2013, when he had a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscles, plus a separated shoulder. 
  28. ^ "Patrice Bergeron & Tuukka Rask Undergo Successful Surgeries". Boston Bruins. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued the following update on Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron...Patrice underwent a successful sports hernia repair on May 8 by Dr. Brian Busconi and Dr. Demetrius Litwin. 
  29. ^ "Hockey remains Canada's game". CBC Sports. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  30. ^ "Canada defeats HC Davos in Spengler Cup final". CBC Sports. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

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Jonathan Toews
Anze Kopitar
Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
2014, 2015
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Anze Kopitar
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Daniel Alfredsson
King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner
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