Bergeron with the Boston Bruins in 2014.
July 24, 1985|
L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
45th overall, 2003|
Patrice Bergeron-Cleary, known professionally as Patrice Bergeron (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).
Bergeron 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 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. He scored two goals including the Stanley Cup winning goal at 14:37 of the first period of Game 7 away against the Vancouver Canucks.
For his superb two-way playing abilities, he has earned four wins of the Frank J. Selke Trophy awarded annually to the NHL forward with the best defensive skills, tying him with Bob Gainey for the most wins of the trophy in NHL history. Bergeron is one of the premier two-way forwards in the game today.
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 fifth 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.
Bergeron was drafted 45th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. During his rookie season, he 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), tallying 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. Then Bruins general manager 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. 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, he recorded his second consecutive 70-point campaign in 2006–07 with 22 goals and 48 assists. He again played alongside Sturm and Boyes until the latter was traded late in the season. Bergeron 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. Bergeron made his first public statements regarding the injury on November 8, saying he would not take any legal action and that Jones had tried to contact him to apologize.
On January 19, 2008, the Boston Globe reported Bergeron had been sent on a vacation by then Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and that he would likely sit out for the remainder of the season as his recovery had regressed. In March 2008, Bergeron started preliminary on-ice practice with Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez, who was himself recovering from knee surgery. He steadily progressed into full-contact practices in early-April, aiming for a playoff return against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round, however he was held back by team doctors. In June 2008, Bergeron was reported as being symptom-free during off-season training. He participated in the Bruins' summer development camp (typically for Bruins prospects) with Fernandez, before joining the Bruins' main training camp. 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.
After the 2008–09 season began, Bergeron scored his first goal since his concussion on October 23, 2008, in a 4–2 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. 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. (Seidenberg and Bergeron later became teammates on the Bruins after a trade for Byron Bitz to the Florida Panthers in 2010 to acquire Seidenberg.) Bergeron returned after being sidelined for one 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 4 goals and added 7 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. Bergeron was named the NHL's First Star of the Month and was twice named First Star of the Week in January 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 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 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 against Philadelphia. 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, the Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows allegedly bit Bergeron's finger. No penalty was called and the NHL 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 2011–12 NHL season.
After finishing second in Selke Trophy voting for the lockout-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, $52 million ($6.5 million per year) contract extension on July 12, 2013. 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, he scored his 200th career goal as the Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6–2. Bergeron, who has played his entire NHL career as a member of the Bruins since they drafted him in 2003, became the 17th player in franchise history to score 200 or more career goals for the club.
Bergeron's play during the 2016–17 season was hampered by a sports hernia that occurred at some time early in the season, but which was only revealed on April 25, 2017. Bergeron's sports hernia was operated on May 8, 2017, and he was expected to be ready for the Bruins' training camp before the 2017–18 season began. Near the halfway point of the 2017–18 season, on January 6, 2018, in a 7–1 home win for the Bruins over the Carolina Hurricanes, Bergeron scored four goals, the "concluding" threesome of which all occurred with no one else from either team scoring in-between them, comprising Bergeron's first-ever natural hat trick in his NHL professional career, bringing his scoring-point total (goals/assists combined) to 702 in his NHL playing career. Five games later, on January 18, Bergeron recorded the third hat-trick of his career (and second of the season) in a 5–2 win over the New York Islanders. After blocking an opposition shot with his right foot on February 24 against the hosting Toronto Maple Leafs, Bergeron discovered two days later he had broken a bone in his foot and would remain out of action for two weeks pending further evaluation of his foot fracture. By March 19, Bergeron had been able to start practicing his skating with the team. Bergeron was cleared to play in the Bruins road game against the Minnesota Wild on March 25, recording assists on each of the goals scored in the Bruins' 2–1 overtime win.
|2004 Czech Republic|
|Canada Cup / World Cup|
|World Junior Championships|
|2005 United States|
Following his rookie season in the NHL, Bergeron was selected to play for Canada at the 2004 World Championships in Prague. He scored 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 5 goals and 8 assists totalling 13 points over 6 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. He 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 he wanted to recover from injuries suffered during the NHL season.
On December 30, 2009, Bergeron was selected to play for 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 incurred in Canada's first game. He played primarily on the penalty kill and in defensive-zone faceoffs.
During the 2012–13 NHL lock-out, Bergeron played for HC Lugano and competed for Canada at the 2012 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.
Bergeron won his second gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics and was a member of Canada's championship team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, reunited on both occasions on a line with Sidney Crosby.
Regular season and playoffs
|2001–02||Séminaire St-François Blizzard||QMAAA||38||25||37||62||18||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards, honors and records
|AHL All-Star Game||2005|
|Stanley Cup champion||2011|
|Scored the Stanley Cup Winning Goal||2011|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||2011, 2013|
|Bud Light Trophy (Best plus-minus)||2012|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy||2012, 2014, 2015, 2017|
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy||2013|
|Presidents' Trophy (Best Regular Season record)||2014|
|Foundational Player Award||2014|
|NHL All-Star Game||2015, 2016|
|NHL 15: official cover athlete||2015|
|IIHF World Championship Gold Medal||2004|
|WJC Gold Medal||2005|
|WJC Most Points (13)||2005|
|WJC Tournament MVP||2005|
|WJC All-Star Team||2005|
|WC Top 3 player on Team||2006|
|Olympic Gold Medal||2010, 2014|
|Spengler Cup Gold Medal||2012|
|World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal||2016|
- Second Star of the Week, January 17, 2011
- Second Star of the Week, March 4, 2013
- Second Star of the Week, March 31, 2014
- First Star of the Week, January 8, 2018
- First Star of the Month, January 2011
- Second Star of the Month, January 2018
- First and only player in history to win the IIHF World Championships before the IIHF World U20 Championship
- 4 Frank J. Selke Trophies most in NHL history tied with Bob Gainey
- Dupont, Kevin Paul (2010-10-01). "Clearing up Bergeron's name". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- Switaj, Caryn (June 22, 2017). "Bergeron Humbled by Fourth Selke". nhl.com/bruins. 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.
- "Patrice Bergeron Shows He's the Best All-Around Player in the NHL". weei.com. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Patrice Bergeron Is 'pound for Pound Best Player in the NHL'".
- "Bergeron, Datsyuk, Toews finalists for Selke Trophy". 2013-05-15.
- "Boston's Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy". 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Bergeron narrow runner-up in Selke, wins Clancy Trophy". 2013-06-15. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- "Bruins' Patrice Bergeron favorite for two-way play". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- The Canadian Press (24 June 2015). "Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron wins 3rd Selke Trophy as NHL's best defensive forward". www.nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
- Dixon, Ryan (April 2018). "But Wait There's More: Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron is one of the NHL's most respected players, widely considered the best defensive forward in hockey — and, if anything, that's underselling him". Sportsnet - Big reads. Sportsnet. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Felger & Mazz: Ex-GM Mike O'Connell "Glad" Bruins Won Before Sharks". CBSBoston.com. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
- "Lewis gets ax from Bruins". The Boston Globe. 2007-06-16. Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- "Bruins' Bergeron taken off in stretcher". The Sports Network. Canadian Press. 2007-10-27. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
- "Bruins' Bergeron speaks about his concussion symptoms". The Boston Globe. 2007-11-09. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- TSN "NHL – Canada's Sports Leader" Check
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- "The Official Web Site – Boston Bruins". Bruins.nhl.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- Shinzawa, Fluto (2008-04-07). "'Red jersey is over now' – The Boston Globe Bruins Blog". Boston.com. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "Bergeron aches – to skate – The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2008-06-22. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "The Official Web Site – Boston Bruins". Bruins.nhl.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "The Official Web Site – Boston Bruins". Bruins.nhl.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "On the Road: Halifax, Nova Scotia". bruins.nhl.com. 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
- "The Official Web Site – Boston Bruins". Bruins.nhl.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (concussion) out of hospital – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-12-21. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "Patrice Bergeron has 1st career hat trick as Tim Thomas, Bruins shut out Sens". ESPN. Associated Press. 2011-01-11. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
- Boston Bruins (June 20, 2012). "Bergeron Wins Selke Trophy". BostonBruins.com. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "Bruins Sign Bergeron to Eight-Year Contract Extension Through 2021–22 Season". bostonbruins.com. Boston Bruins. July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
- Cole, Mike (April 25, 2017). "Bruins Injuries: Patrice Bergeron Played With Sports Hernia This Season". nesn.com. 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.
- "Patrice Bergeron & Tuukka Rask Undergo Successful Surgeries". nhl.com/bruins. 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.
- Recap of CAR-BOS game, January 6, 2018
- Russo, Eric (January 6, 2018). "Bergeron's Four-Goal Night Lifts Bruins". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
BOSTON - Zdeno Chara has suited up alongside Patrice Bergeron for the last 12 seasons. He knows, perhaps better than anyone, the vital part Bergeron plays in the success of the Bruins' organization...So as impressive and eye-popping as Bergeron's four-goal, five-point performance in Saturday night's 7-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes may have been, Chara did not see it as much different than any other game in his long-time teammate's career. To him, it was just another day at the office for Boston's alternate captain...Bergeron's career night helped the Bruins cruise to a commanding victory over the Hurricanes, extending Boston's points streak to 10 games (8-0-2). The 32-year-old's five points tied a career high and his four goals tied a club record, a feat that was last accomplished in 1999 by Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk. Bergeron's second goal was the 700th point of his career.
- Harris, Stephen (January 19, 2018). "Patrice Bergeron nets three in Bruins' 5-2 win over Islanders". New York: Boston Herald. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Bruins Issue Update On Patrice Bergeron". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. February 27, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 27, that forward Patrice Bergeron will be out with a fractured right foot and will be evaluated in two weeks...The injury occurred while blocking a shot during the team's game in Toronto on February 24. Following the game, Bergeron had an x-ray that was negative. Bergeron played through some discomfort in the team's game in Buffalo on February 25. Therefore, the Bruins medical staff determined it was best to have a secondary, more definitive CT scan on Monday in Boston, which revealed a small fracture.
- Russo, Eric (March 19, 2018). "Bergeron Takes Big Step in Recovery". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
Patrice Bergeron can see the light at the end of the tunnel...Some three weeks after suffering a fractured right foot, Boston's alternate captain returned to the ice with his teammates for the first time on Monday morning. Bergeron skated on his own prior to pregame skate and remained on the ice for the full team session.
- Pierce, Jessi (March 25, 2018). "Bruins top Wild, gain in Atlantic". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds in to overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday...Patrice Bergeron had two assists in his return after missing the past 13 games because of a broken foot.
- "Hockey remains Canada's game". CBC Sports. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
- "Canada defeats HC Davos in Spengler Cup final". CBC Sports. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Frank J. Selke Trophy winner
| King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner
| EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete