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Bergeron Pushing Limits in Quebec City

Patrice Bergeron - with training partner Jordan Caron - remains hard at work in the offseason

Friday, 07.27.2012 / 12:05 PM / Features
By Joe Gallagher  -
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Bergeron Pushing Limits in Quebec City
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won an Olympic gold medal one year, a Stanley Cup the next, and most recently the Frank J. Selke trophy for demonstrating an elite grasp on both sides of the puck. But even that doesn\'t satisfy him.

Quebec City, QC – Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron won an Olympic gold medal one year, a Stanley Cup the next, and most recently the Frank J. Selke trophy for demonstrating an elite grasp on both sides of the puck.

Patrice Bergeron and Jordan Caron in Quebec City
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But even that doesn’t satisfy him.

Despite No. 37’s impressive season this year, Bergeron strives towards ever-improving his game to ensure he doesn’t plateau. He and teammate Jordan Caron remain hard at work this offseason up in Quebec City.

“To have him with me it makes me – makes us - push ourselves to try and get better and try to achieve limits that we didn’t know we could,” Bergeron said.

With high aspirations, the two took to a local football field to run, hurdle and power through an hour and a half workout. Both stayed after for extra work.

The B’s alternate captain scored 22 goals with 42 helpers this season for a total of 64 points, being mindful of the small details en route to a league leading +36 plus/minus rating. His workout partner, Caron, skated in 48 games with the Black & Gold last season, and is setting his sights on the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Along with sharing the home province of Quebec, the teammates also share the drive to build on their previous seasons.

Bergeron explained how hitting the gridiron can be beneficial for both NHL players.

“Explosiveness that you want to duplicate in games,” he said of one of the workouts. “Quick starts, quick feet.”

There was some emphasis on improving lateral movement, something that the point guard of a forecheck is expected to master. Bergeron also elaborated on how they improved their footwork.

“Just to go do some lunges and side to side and stuff like that, so explosiveness I guess is the key on this one,” the forward said.

Bringing an element of football-like agilities to their conditioning translates to the on-ice performance, which they attacked in their skating game. Bergeron mentioned how their trainer developed a workout that mimics what they do with cones off the ice, and brings it to their skating game.

“I think that really gets your edges and your balance on the ice a lot more and I feel like it’s been helping a lot with my speed and with the explosiveness and all that,” said Bergeron.

For now, there’s no questioning Bergeron’s hunger to improve himself as a player. In fact, he even avoided eating the beloved Canadian delicacy, poutine, on behalf of his training. Now that’s dedication.




1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43


P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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