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Patrice Bergeron Remains faithful for Bruins future

AUG 11, 2023   |   BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
The Bruins are facing uncertainties about their lineups for the upcoming 2023-24 NHL season after Captain Patrice Bergeron's retirement. Speaking to NHL.com's Hughes Marcil ahead of the Pro-Am Gagne-Bergeron charity game, Bergeron expressed confidence that the team will maintain its signature style that's persisted over the past decade.

Bergeron noted, "Year after year, they manage to maintain a consistent approach. Their strong defensive and offensive contributions make them a tough opponent."

Despite Bergeron's departure, Boston can count on key players like David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, and Jake DeBrusk. Additionally, the team will look to Pavel Zacha, Charlie Coyle, and Trent Frederic to build upon last season's successes.

"I still have high expectations for them," Bergeron affirmed. "I believe in the current players. There's a good blend of experienced members who understand the team's dynamics and can guide newcomers to adapt to the Bruins' style. I anticipate a strong season."



Marchand and his teammates receive a boost as fan-favorite Milan Lucic returns to the team he began his career with on a one-year deal.

While Bergeron won't hit the ice in October, he reunited with former teammates for the charity game, which he organized alongside ex-NHL forward Simon Gagne. Reflecting on the event, Bergeron shared, "It's a special moment, slipping back into the uniform for one night. About seven or eight of us Bruins are close friends, so it'll be a wonderful night hitting the ice together."

Over the years, the charity game has raised nearly $4 million for organizations like Leucan, Le Pignon Bleu, the Philippe Boucher Foundation, and the Maurice Tanguay Foundation.

As Bergeron transitions into retirement, he's aware of the adjustments ahead. "Currently, everything's great during the offseason," Bergeron admitted.

"However, when the season approaches and I would typically resume my hockey routine, I'll need to adapt. While I'm at peace with my decision, there's no denying I'll miss the daily life of a hockey player. Retiring was a mix of emotions, as it marked the end of a childhood dream I lived for two decades—a true passion."


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