Today it has been announced that the Bruins have made their most important signing this off-season so far. Patrice Bergeron has been re-signed to an 8-year contract reportedly at $6.5 million.
“It would mean a lot,” Bergeron said on July 2. “That’s the goal since the beginning. It’s the team that believed in me when I was 18 and I was coming up. Now, it’s my home. I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people. I definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me. Hopefully we can work something out.”
Bergeron had an unforgettable post season scoring 9 goals whilst playing with a monstrosity of injuries even for hockey player come playoff time. NHL players are known to play through the pain, but there are few that would have played with a fractured rib, torn rib cartilage, a separated right shoulder and worst of all a punctured lung! Now that is literally putting your body on the line for the team and nobody can question Bergeron’s passion and commitment to the Bruins.
This will also mean another 8 years of Bergeron causing havoc in the faceoff circle, after last year stamping his authority as the best in the league with a win percentage of 62.1%.
Bergeron also took home the Selke trophy in 2013 (which he also took home in 2012) awarded to the best defensive forward. He was also awarded the King Clancy award which is presented to the player who shows the best leadership qualities on and off the ice.
Bergeron is a shinning role model to the younger players coming through the franchise, who will be rubbing there hands at the opportunity to learn from arguably the best 2-way forward in the world.
With one Stanley Cup won and this seasons heartbreak in the Stanley Cup Finals there is no doubt Bergeron will be hunting another one, even if he has to discharge himself from hospital again!