After former Boston Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara signed with the Washington Capitals during the 2020 offseason, Bruins ownership had a big decision to make. They needed to find a brand new captain. The obvious choice was Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron has spent his entire career with the Bruins and has had a lot of fantastic accomplishments with the club.
What Has the New Captain Accomplished in his Bruins Career?
Bergeron was originally drafted By the Bruins in the second round of the 2003 NHL draft. Since then, he has only been one of the best Bruins to ever put on the uniform. He first suited up for the Bruins during the 2003-2004 season. The next 16 years of his career have been remarkable. He has played in 1,089 regular-season games with the Bruins, won numerous individual awards, and accomplished the greatest team honor as he helped the Bruins win the 2010-2011 Stanley cup championship.
The new Bruins captain is not only a great leader off the ice but he is a great player on the ice. In his career, he has amassed 352 goals and 517 assists for 869 career points. He also has received the Selke Trophy four times in his career as he was voted the best defensive forward in the entire NHL.
Also, Bergeron was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2012-2013. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is given to the player who exemplifies leadership on the ice and off of the ice. Also, the winner of the award has to have made a positive humanitarian contribution to their community. Bergeron is not the first Bruins player to win the award as former Bruins Ray Bourque also won the award. Bourque and Bergeron have similarities with each other as they will go down in history as two of the best Bruins captains and Bruins legends for their contributions on and off the ice.
One more similarity between the new Bruins captain and Bourque is that they are both Stanley cup champions. Bergeron helped the Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks to capture the Stanley cup. He also has helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup two other times but they, unfortunately, were not able to capture the title again.
Why Bergeron is Deserving of the New Bruins Captain
Bergeron was named an assistant captain in 2004 and at the time he was only 20 years old. He has served the role of assistant captain for every season up until this upcoming season. He has been one of the more vocal leaders on the Bruins during his time here in Boston.
The new Bruins captain is also a role model and leader off the ice. He has his own foundation that helps out hospital patients from local hospitals and other local children services. Patrice’s organization is called Patrice’s pals. He rents out a VIP suite at the TD Garden and treats his pals with a Bruins home game, dinner, beverages, fantastic seats for the games, and a personalized video for all his pals.
After the game, each of Patrice"s pals gets a Bruins themed goodie bag and they get to meet the new Bruins captain. He signs autographs and takes pictures with all his Pals. His organization has reached many local hospitals and organizations, such as the Cam Neely Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts.
Final Thoughts on The New Bruins Captain
The new Bruins captain is not only a fantastic player on the ice but he is a great person in the community. His organization makes a big impact on lots of people and children’s lives. On the ice and in the locker room, he is a leader and has been recognized by the Bruins as being in a leadership position for almost his entire career.
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