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David Krejci's touching farewell message to retired Patrice Bergeron

JUL 26, 2023   |   BY HUNTER BOWMAN
The NHL offseason brought with it a cloud of uncertainty surrounding two seasoned centers on the Bruins roster, but one of them has finally put those doubts to rest. On Tuesday, Patrice Bergeron, a Boston legend, declared his retirement after an illustrious 19-season career with the team.

The news shook the hockey world, as Bergeron had left an indelible mark on the sport, donning the iconic Black and Gold sweater and earning six Frank J. Selke Trophies and a Stanley Cup victory in 2011.

Among those bidding farewell to the esteemed veteran was David Krejci, who had been a key member of the championship-winning team alongside Bergeron for an impressive 15 seasons. Krejci, paying tribute in a heartfelt farewell video released shortly after the announcement, couldn't help but reminisce about their shared journey.

He expressed gratitude for Bergeron's friendship throughout the years, acknowledging the highs and lows they experienced together, both on and off the ice. As Bergeron embarks on a new chapter in his life, Krejci congratulated him, recognizing that the Hall of Fame awaits without a shadow of a doubt.


He also sent warm wishes to Bergeron's wife, Steph, and their children, who will undoubtedly cherish having him around every day.

«Hey, Bergy. Congrats on your retirement. What a career,» Krejci said. «There's way too many things to say, but I really appreciate you for being my friend for so many years. We've been through so many we won together, we lost together. We grew up together. Hell of a career, obviously a Hall of Famer no question about it. I'd like to congratulate you and your wife, Steph, your kids. I'm sure they're gonna be so happy to have you around every single day. I'm very happy to call you my friend and I wish you nothing but the best. I love you, buddy.»


The farewell video featured another prominent figure from the Bruins' current roster - defenseman Charlie McAvoy. McAvoy vowed to honor and uphold the legacy Bergeron had forged within the organization during his near two-decade tenure with the franchise.

The torch has been passed, and McAvoy's promise to "take care" of everything Bergeron built reflects the deep respect and admiration the young defenseman holds for the departing veteran.

As the Bruins bid adieu to one of their most iconic players, the team and its fans can't help but reflect on the incredible impact Patrice Bergeron had on the sport, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.

The NHL will undoubtedly miss witnessing the magic he brought to the ice, but his contributions to the game will forever be etched in hockey history.

Source: Nesn
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