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Bergeron Happy to "B" Here

Saturday, 10.04.2008 / 9:35 AM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31


P. Bergeron 47 11 21 7 32
C. Soderberg 48 10 21 7 31
L. Eriksson 47 11 18 9 29
D. Hamilton 48 8 18 2 26
B. Marchand 43 13 12 12 25
M. Lucic 47 9 16 7 25
T. Krug 44 9 15 6 24
R. Smith 48 9 14 5 23
D. Krejci 28 6 16 6 22
C. Kelly 46 5 16 6 21
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 20 11 7 .919 2.35
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