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Bergeron Happy to "B" Here

Saturday, 10.4.2008 / 9:35 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  -
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Bergeron Happy to \"B\" Here
Patrice Bergeron celebrates a goal en route to a four-point night. It was his first game since sustaining a severe concussion 11 months ago (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mike Dembeck)
Boston, MA – Patrice Bergeron is a happy guy.

“It’s great to be back,” he said with a wide grin during Friday’s Media Day at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Sitting in his familiar number-37 jersey, in front of a locker that remained empty for most of the 2007-08 season, Bergeron looks older than his 23 years – and with good reason.

But these days, it’s clear that the Bruins alternate captain is enjoying a renaissance.

“I appreciate every day now, coming into the rink, having a chance to practice,” said Bergeron. “I (enjoyed it) before, but not I appreciate it even more and I am very happy to be back and I am eager to get started.”

Bergeron worked very hard in order to return to the Bruins this season and believes that his beloved Black & Gold have an opportunity to push Boston’s hockey calendar past its April 12, 2009 end date.

“I think we’re where we want to be right now,” said the Bruin. “But we can be an even better team, I think.

“It’s just a matter of clicking together."

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron pauses while answering a question in Boston, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. Bergeron was knocked unconscious in his 10th game of the season when Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones hit him from behind and smashed his face into the glass. As Bergeron lay on the ice, doctors cut away his jersey and pads, then carried him off on a stretcher. He was diagnosed with
And despite a preseason record that might seem a tad mediocre, Bergeron, talking from the inside, sees something more than a sub-par exhibition docket.

“I think we’re playing well, and it’s just a matter of making a smart play, a simple play, more than we were doing,” he said. “It’s just going out there, playing as a team, and playing hard like we used to. 

“We need to work hard and be sharp every game.”

The young Quebecois center, considered one of the brightest stars in hockey, knows how to work hard. As such, Bergeron’s expectations for himself are very high, but he knows the ultimate test is to play in NHL games.

“I’ve had all summer to work out and to skate and to feel better, but obviously there’s nothing like playing a real game, and those exhibition games gave me the chance to adjust and get the timing back,” said Bergeron. “I knew I needed some time to get my rhythm back…and I do feel good, I think that I met my expectations.

“I think that I’m playing the way I want to play, but I know I can be better, and it’s just a matter of taking the time to do it.”

Last year, Bergeron had way too much time on his hands and, going forward, that lonely process of recovery serves as a motivational tool.

“The first thing that comes to my mind is that not being able to play for eleven months, just having to watch the game,” said Patrice of his recovery. “It just made me appreciate the game even more, and being thankful for what I’m doing right now.

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“I’m just happy to be here right now, happy to step on the ice during practice or a game or whatever, so I guess the main thing other than that, when you’re looking at a whole season in the press box, it’s more a matter of appreciating the game.”

And as he looked around the locker room and watched his teammates talk about the coming season, Bergeron’s smile grew ever wider.

“I appreciate every minute now,” said Patrice. “There are such good guys on this team and there some funny guys and some serious guys – we’ve got it all.

“So, it’s a treat every time I come to the rink now.”




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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