As one of the more beloved athletes in Boston, Patrice Bergeron has had his share of memorable moments in his 10-year career. In honor of his birthday today, we’ll take a look at Bergeron’s best highlights as a member of the Bruins.
Without further adieu, let’s get to the list:
10. This haircut
It goes without saying that the hockey world was a dark place during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. Some players were left without a playing home during the bitter negotiations between the owners and players, while others, including Bergeron, settled in Providence to play his second professional season with the Baby B’s. That year brought us this infamous haircut from the Quebec-born forward.
— Providence Bruins (@AHLBruins) July 24, 2014
9. The first of many golden goals to come
Bergeron has a knack for performing in the clutch, and he wasted little time of showcasing that in his rookie season. With the B’s and Montreal Canadiens tied 1-1 in Game 2, Bergy would end things quickly in overtime with his first career postseason OT winner:
Sure, the amount of tweeting to get Bergeron on the cover of NHL 15 might have been overdone – and we’re guilty of this too. Still, being a cover athlete on one of EA Sports’ most successful franchise over the last decade is a pretty neat accomplishment. Another bonus: this year’s version of the NHL series is the first to be distributed on the next generation of gaming consoles, including Playstation 4 and XBox One.
— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) June 25, 2014
7. Saving the Bruins’ bacon against the Hurricanes
It’s no secret that Bergeron takes great pride in his two-way game (see No. 4), and his stellar defensive ability has been on display on many occasions. For this, we chose his game saving stop on a near B’s own goal in the 2010 regular season home finale against the Carolina Hurricanes:
6. Overcoming concussions
Bergeron’s successful career hasn’t come without some adversity, starting in the 2007-08 season after getting hit from behind by former Flyers defenseman Randy Jones. Bergeron would miss the rest of the year with a severe concussion, and has suffered a few mild concussions since returning to the Black and Gold lineup the following season.
Although his stats suffered in 2008-09, Bergeron slowly regained his form and has since been one of the Bruins’ most important players:
5. Winning two golds for Team Canada
In addition to his success in the National Hockey League, Bergeron’s international accomplishments are nothing to complain about either. The 2003 second round pick has two Olympic gold medals and a IIHF World Championship in 2004 to go along with his Stanley Cup, and is one of 25 players to join the Triple Gold Club. As heavy as his trophy case already is, Bergeron will likely add a few more awards and accolades before he hangs up the skates for good.
4. Two Selkes
It took a little while for Bergeron to get some recognition as one of the best two-way players in the game – at least from an awards standpoint. But in 2012, Bergy was finally rewarded with the Selke Trophy and captured the award again two years later. At this rate, Bergeron should be able to add a few more Selkes in the next several seasons.
3. Scoring twice in Game 7 vs. Vancouver
2010-11 was an eventful time in The Hub of Hockey to say the least, and Bergeron, along with fellow partner in crime Brad Marchand, helped spark the Bruins with two goals in Game 7 against the Canucks. Bergeron started it all in the first period and capped off his night with a tally on a shorthanded breakaway in the middle stanza.
2. The heart of a warrior
The thought of suffering from a punctured lung and broken ribs is painful in and of itself, but with the B’s season on the line against the Blackhawks, Bergeron, despite getting injured in Game 5, decided to lace up the skates and help force a Game 7 in Chicago. Despite the loss, Bergeron’s display of courage solidified his status as a “hockey player” (as if that was in doubt) and as one of the toughest players in the league.
1. Tying and winning goals in Game 7 vs. Toronto
You know the story by now, so we’ll just show calls from Jack Edwards and Dave Goucher to end this Throwback Thursday Top 10 list.