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Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 12, that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. Bergeron’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of $6,500,000.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“There’s a lot of stuff that goes on with a team that you don’t see,” GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com.
A good team is like a family, and families have squabbles, Chiarelli said. And Bergeron is one of the guys who helps the Bruins sort through their trials and tribulations.
If a guy is getting picked on or is the butt of practical jokes, Bergeron is the one who steps in, Marchand said.
Julien said you can tell a lot about Bergeron from his decisions away from the ice. He’s not out partying. He lives in a modest place.
“Everything’s very well-thought out with Patrice. You’ll never see him going out, never,” Julien said. “He’s a simple guy. He’s not your typical 26-year-old.”
You often hear about a young player evolving as a leader. But what does that mean?
For Julien, it is in the moments that Bergeron chooses to speak. Like between the second and third periods of a recent game against New Jersey. The Bruins’ play had slipped a little and they trailed the Devils 1-0. Bergeron got up and told his teammates that there was more in the dressing room than the team had showed, that they were better than they were showing. In the third, the Bruins scored four times to come away with a 4-1 victory.
NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2011) – The National Hockey League and NHL Original Productions today announced Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron as the next NHL player to be profiled in the all-access series NHL 36.
“Patrice has won a Stanley Cup, plus a gold medal at the Olympics, at the World Championship and at the World Junior Championship,” said Ross Greenburg, executive producer, NHL 36. “He is one of the League’s most under-rated superstars.”
NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Bruins’ alternate captain at 7:30 a.m., ET, today and will follow him for 36 hours as Bergeron participates in team practices, flies with teammates to Arizona and prepares for Boston’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
NHL 36: Patrice Bergeron will air Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The original score is the creation of accomplished composer Ferdinand J. Smith. The show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Bruins’ game in New Jersey against the Devils at 7:30.
NHL 36: Patrice Bergeron will re-air on the NBC Sports Network on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 a.m. It also will air in the United States and Canada on NHL Network on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
About 1,000 people showed up to see the Stanley Cup on display in Quebec City on Sunday afternoon.
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron brought the cup to the Espace 400e pavilion in the city’s old port between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Fans hoping to touch the legendary trophy began lining up as early as 6 a.m. Sunday morning, despite rain in the forecast.
Every player on the cup winning team is awarded one day with the cup in their hometown during the summer, and Sunday was Bergeron’s turn.
His hometown is Quebec City suburb L’Ancienne-Lorette.
Bergeron said he was happy to see a good turnout.
“It’s really special for me to come to my hometown. I’m happy to be able to share this with [the fans],” said Bergeron.
Geez, a full two minutes for Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Begeron to talk about winning the Cup.
Wonder how much time they would get if the NHL wasn’t on NBC?
Today’s transcripts of Q&As with Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Andrew Ference.
Q. The suspension for Rome’s four games, does that surprise you? Do you think that’s just?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, it was a League decision that came out just then. I guess we heard the same time you guys did. It’s their decision, and that’s it.
Q. Are you satisfied?
MICHAEL RYDER: Well, you know, Horty is a big part of our team. He’s been huge for us all season in the playoffs. We’re definitely going to miss him.
It’s not my call how many games Rome gets or whatever. The league just decided that four was it. Everybody is going to have to deal with that.
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NOTE: Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron videos added down below.
Transcripts and video from the Bruins. First, Tim Thomas on video:
Next, coach Claude Julien, transcription:
Q. Why was it Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference to start in overtime?
COACH JULIEN: Because we don’t know who they’re going to put on. They got the last change. It’s a pretty normal thing.
Q. It’s two games in a row now where they were able to exert their will, take over in the third period. How alarming is that for you right now?
Q. Patrice, can you talk about the third period, Vancouver talked about being able to establish their speed. From your end, talk about the neutral zone, cleaning up that area.
PATRICE BERGERON: Yeah, I think you’re right. The neutral zone, we weren’t getting pucks deep. That’s what was giving them I guess the speed that they want, the counterattack that they wanted.
We’re going to make a better job, especially in the neutral zone, at putting pucks deep and having a better forecheck.
DENNIS SEIDENBERG: I think it’s the same thing. If we don’t go through the neutral zone clean and get behind our Ds, they’ll pick it up on the blueline and counterattack quick. It’s tough for us to get a gap at Ds. If you don’t get a gap at D’s, they get more room and space and speed. That causes a lot of trouble and chances for them.
Q. Patrice, I know it’s rather an obvious question. How important is it for you guys to get out of here with a split tomorrow night?
PATRICE BERGERON: Yeah, obviously we want to get back in this series. It’s very important. We’ll approach the next game always as the most important one. Now it’s about Game 2. It’s the biggest game right now of the series. It’s always like that.
Video from today’s Q&A’s with the media.
Alex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron discuss the incident.
A ton of quotes from the Boston Bruins today, including Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:
On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.
On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe:
Patrice Bergeron will be in the Bruins’ lineup tonight for Game 3, according to a team source.
“He looked pretty good today,” the source said.
Bergeron went through his usual pregame routine this morning. Bergeron should take his usual spot between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi and see ice time in all situations.
ESPN cites multiple sources who say the same thing—Bergeron is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.
from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,
Especially in the playoffs, especially in hockey, there is no crying. You give what you give and you get what you get. And yet, as the Bruins celebrated a glorious, vengeful sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the TD Garden, many of us could not help but wonder.
Where is Patrice Bergeron?
These are the NHL playoffs we’re talking about. This is now all but officially the middle of May. There is simply no way around that. The Bruins are playing for the Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1992, and here’s how the Bruins got there: with toughness and resiliency, with skill, with resolve and determination and even a little luck. The same is true of the Tampa Bay Lightning and of the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, all of whom have suffered from misfortune as surely as they have benefited by chance.
But Bergeron? Why couldn’t it have been anyone but Bergeron, who suffered what team officials have termed a mild concussion in the final period of Friday’s series-clinching win over the Flyers?
from Steve Silva of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Per the Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont via Twitter moments ago: “Not from team, but top source has confirmed Bergeron concussion.”
Bergeron was knocked out early in the third period when he was leveled by Flyers right wing Claude Giroux.
Looking woozy and glassy-eyed after getting smacked to the ice in the left circle in the Bruins’ zone, the 25-year-old Bergeron gained his feet after a few seconds and skated slowly but deliberately to the bench.
Without stopping, the dogged center, by far the club’s MVP in the postseason, made his way straight to the dressing room — still under his own power — and was not seen for the rest of the night.
Update 1:24pm ET: via TSN—
Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion.”
General manager Peter Chiarelli made the announcement to reporters on Saturday, as his club prepares to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.
This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:
***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
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PRAGUE, CZE - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The 25-year-old Bergeron is entering his seventh NHL season, having made the Bruins NHL roster in his draft year of 2003 as an 18-year-old. He has served the club as an alternate captain since 2005-06. In 2009-10, Bergeron captured the team scoring title for the second time in his career (tied with David Krejci), with 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points on the season. In addition, he ended the regular season fifth overall in the NHL with a 58% faceoff efficiency. In 13 postseason games, the 6’2’’, 194-pound native of Sillery, Quebec tallied four goals and seven assists for 11 points, which ranked second on the squad.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Star center Patrice Bergeron could be out anywhere from two to six weeks with a thumb injury, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
added 2:46pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Bergeron believed to have suffered a thumb injury. 3 weeks, according to a source.
updated 3:53pm, from a tweet by Daren Millard of Sportsnet,
Plenty of concern regarding Patrice Bergeron. We r told the hand is week to week. His olympics r not in danger.
updated 5:39pm, What I am hearing on this is 2-3 weeks for Bergeron after visiting with a doctor today.
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game after being hit near the right wrist by a teammate’s slapshot early in the second period.
‘‘Patrice won’t travel to Ottawa with the team,’’ according to the team. ‘‘He is returning to Boston to be evaluated by our medical staff.’‘
more on the Bruins loss to the Rangers tonight…
from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,
This Thanksgiving, the best story in Boston tells of hard work, perseverance, humility and courage. Patrice Bergeron is still just 24 years old, but he already seems to possess the experience and wisdom of a man twice his age.
“It’s behind me now and I can look forward,” Bergeron said yesterday by phone as the Bruins prepared for tonight’s game at Minnesota. “It’s been two long years and I’ve learned a lot. I guess everything happens for a reason.”
Everything happens for a reason. But does it really? Or do things sometimes happen purely as matter of chance, of luck both good and bad?
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
After watching Patrice Bergeron score a first-period goal in the Bruins 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night at the Garden, an NHL scout in attendance began taking down notes.
“He’s skating . . . he’s strong on the puck,” wrote Tom Fitzgerald, a former teammate of Bergeron’s and now an assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He’s hunting down the puck . . . he gets physical . . . he scores goals.”
And then, sounding more like the former teammate and less like the scout, Fitzgerald smiled and said, “He’s the old Bergie.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,
Patrice Bergeron, making his first public appearance since suffering a concussion on Dec. 20 against Carolina, spoke for approximately 15 minutes in the home dressing room at TD Banknorth Garden this morning.
“I’m very confident I’ll play this year,” said Bergeron. “It’s a matter of when. That’s why I don’t want to put on a date on it and get disappointed like I was last year in the playoffs. I’ve learned from that. So yes, I do think I’ll be back.”
Update 7:45pm ET (alanah): More on Bergeron from James Murphy at NHL.com. Murphy also told me that Bergeron looked much better and was in much better spirits than he expected.
The Vancouver Canucks placed Curtis Sanford on injury reserve Tuesday and listed the goaltender as week-to-week.
With star netminder Roberto Luongo (groin) still on the mend until at least the All-Star break, the Canucks acquired Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry draft.
Sanford suffered a groin injury in Tuesday’s morning skate but had hoped the injury would loosen up prior to the evening contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Boston Bruins have placed forward Patrice Bergeron on injured reserve.
“His headaches are always better as we move on. But they’re still there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Globe. “That’s the reality of it. He is feeling better, and certainly at a better rate than the first time it happened. It’s not even comparable. But the headaches are still there. They’re minimizing every day and hopefully, sooner or later, they’ll disappear.”
Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Bruins center Patrice Bergeron:
“After first being treated at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday, Patrice was diagnosed as having sustained a concussion, and was admitted to Mass General Hospital under the care of Dr. Peter Asnis.
“Since being admitted to MGH Patrice has undergone extensive testing, and all of the results have come back normal. When examined this morning, his condition had improved greatly over last night, and he was released from the hospital. There is no timetable for his return to the ice.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,
Frightening sight at 8:37 of the second period when Patrice Bergeron ran straight into an onrushing Dennis Seidenberg and took the blow directly to the left side of his face, leaving the Boston center facedown on the ice for some three minutes.
Bergeron, who missed most of last season with a Grade 3 concussion suffered Oct. 27, 2007, did not appear to lose consciousness. However, he was obviously stunned by the hit and lay motionless on the ice for about a minute before finally moving his legs.
After some three minutes on the ice, Bergeron was helped to his feet by teammates Chuck Kobasew and Marc Savard, who also then aided him toward the Boston bench. Some 15 feet from the bench, Bergeron skated on his own toward the bench door and exited under his own power down the runway toward the dressing room.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
...And then there are those players whose season begins with something more instinctual: the desire to prove they are healed. Broken bones have mended, twisted and torn ligaments have grown strong and swollen brains have returned to normal.
Every year, there are players like teammates Patrice Bergeron and Manny Fernandez, who must prove their injuries have not robbed them of their futures and their careers.
This is their story—or, at the very least, the first chapter of their journey back.
“I thought he was dead”
Patrice Bergeron is sitting outside the TD Banknorth Garden on a low stone wall talking about the uncertain convergence of his past and future.
I usually stay away from game updates, etc., but this is great not only for the Bruins but for the NHL too…
from the CP via Yahoo,
It was a productive return to the NHL on Monday night for Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
The 23-year-old, playing in his first game since suffering a severe concussion almost 11 months ago, had a goal and three assists as the Bruins pounded the Montreal Canadiens 8-3 in NHL preseason action before 7,792 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Bergeron, the game’s first star, picked up a pair of assists early in the second period, then scored with 10 seconds left in the frame as he tipped home a shot from linemate Marco Sturm.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC mentioned on the pre-game of the Sharks/Flames game that Patrice Bergeron will see a doctor tomorrow morning and if the doc gives the go-ahead, Bergeron will play tomorrow night for the Bruins against Montreal.
The Bruins have been playing for Begeron in this series and if he does come back tomorrow, it could be a huge, emotional factor for the Bruins.
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Patrice Bergeron has been cleared for full-contact practice. He is on the ice this morning and taking part in battle drills.
GM Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron will not play in Game 1.
from the Boston Globe,
The hope, according to Patrice Bergeron, was that his teammates could qualify for the playoffs, thereby keeping his hopes of returning this season alive….
“I don’t need to tell you how great they’ve worked,” said Bergeron. “All year, they’ve done such a great job. We’ve done such a great job. It’s just awesome. At the same time, I think we’ve deserved it. We’re a great team and we’re pretty excited looking forward. Yes, we’re in, but we can’t be too excited about it. Anything can happen in the playoffs.”
read on for more on the Bruins…
From Boston Bruins.com’s Rinkside Chats,
Katie_From_ME: Since your injury, what is the one thing that you miss most about playing?
P_Bergeron: First and foremost, I’ve missed everything about the game. Being around the guys, being part of the action and part of the game and helping the team win. It’s tough sitting around and watching the team play and not being able to help.
Stockfan42: Patrice, what are the odds of seeing you suited up for the playoffs?
P_Bergeron: Not sure yet, I still have some doctors to see. I am not cleared for contact yet but I’m hoping to continue to make progress and get back as soon as I can.
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
After a visit with a neurologist yesterday, Patrice Bergeron was not cleared for contact practice. Bergeron was told that he needs to regain his strength and return to working out off the ice at 100 percent before he can bump bodies in practice.
Bergeron estimated he will be re-evaluated in two weeks, ruling out a regular-season return.
Good to see Patrice Bergeron on the ice today…
from the Boston Herald,
Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.
It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
About a month ago, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took his first steps toward getting back on the ice, reporting to Wilmington for light stretching and a few minutes on the exercise bike.
His progress slow, Bergeron, at the suggestion of general manager Peter Chiarelli, recently headed off on an island vacation. Time for some warm weather and sandy beaches, which also could mean the sun officially is about to set on his 2007-08 season.
“I don’t think he will be back this season,” Chiarelli said Thursday, emphasizing a position he took in the days soon after Bergeron was drilled into the Garden’s rear boards Oct. 27 by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
It’s slow going to be sure. He got a small headache at the end of his bike session last week and was told to rest for a few days.
“Every week I’m getting better but obviously it’s not where I’d like to be. I’d like to be on the ice right now,” said Bergeron. “And I’m not close to going back on the ice. But at least we’ve started to work out. I’ve been on the bike three times so far. I felt OK. The last time I had small little headaches, so we decided to take more time off and see what happens after that.
“I’m feeling good, I feel a lot better, but not exactly where I want to be.”
from the Boston Globe,
As Patrice Bergeron the NHL player, who often took 20-minute postgame conditioning rides on a stationary bike, yesterday’s five-minute ride at Ristuccia Arena was a workout hardly worth mentioning.
But as Patrice Bergeron the patient, who’s been limited to short walks for exercise since sustaining a Grade 3 concussion, the morning workout was a momentous occasion that was nearly two months in the making.
via Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Here’s some free advice to Bergeron: Never go into the corner not expecting to be hit; and never bend over to expose your head and neck when you do.
I wonder if Panaccio would be handing out free advice like this if Patrice Bergeron was a Flyer and Randy Jones was a Bruin?
Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron held a press conference Thursday to send a message about hitting from behind. In a nutshell - don’t do it.
He said he wanted to send that message not just to kids, but to his fellow NHLers.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
GM Peter Chiarelli provided an update on Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion six days ago when Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones belted him into the TD Banknorth Garden boards.
“He could be out a month. He could be out two months. He could be out a year,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli said that Bergeron can hold a conversation for several minutes, but then becomes tired and loses focus.
update 9:39pm, also from the Bruins Blog,
Chiarelli’s had enough.
“Those are the terms I’ve been using. Ludicrous and absurd,” said Chiarelli. “I guess I’m angry at some of these takes. Commentaries, web sites, talk radio—you should hear some of the talk radio out of Montreal. They’re saying he’s partially at fault for this. It angers me. It angers the Bruins organization that they’d say it’s his fault in this case. To say he should have been more careful retrieving the puck, to me, is absurd.”
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was released from hospital Sunday after being held overnight with a concussion and a broken nose.
The team will address Bergeron’s status on Monday.
Bergeron suffered the injury after being knocked unconscious when he was hit from behind into the boards by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones late in the first period of Saturday’s game.
(*all previous coverage and links regarding Bergeron’s injury are here)
fromm Matt Kalman of the Hockey Journal,
Everyone was able to release a slight sigh of relief – knowing that the result of Jones’ reckless action could’ve been even worse. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was still cautiously optimistic because he knows things could turn in the days ahead. When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Julien didn’t pull any punches.
“I had the opportunity to look at it, and if people are calling that accidental, when a guy puts his arm behind a guy’s head, his feet leave the ice, I don’t think that’s accidental. So yes, it was a dirty hit,” the bench boss said.
update 7:03pm, Bergeron has full movement, concussion and broken nose.
Note 5:33pm, I will be adding to this post, so make sure to check the permalink page on occasion. Also, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan was live blogging the game and is updating as information becomes available.
5:35pm, Video added on the permalink page.
5:55pm, Randy Jones issues a statement, found at the bottom of the post, go to the permalink page…
Bergeron was hit from behind by Randy Jones. He was stablized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
No report yet… You can follow along at this thread on HFBoards...
added 5:16pm, TSN report...
added 5:19pm, from the Sports Ticker via Yahoo,
Bergeron was in the offensive zone and had just passed the puck when Jones checked him from behind, crashing Bergeron headfirst into the glass and metal divider.
Bergeron lay motionless for 10 minutes while team doctor Thomas Gill tended to him. Gill and Bruins trainers worked to get the assistant captain on a flat support before lifting him onto a gurney.
The crowd gave Bergeron an ovation as he was taken off the ice and to an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.
Jones was given a five-minute boarding penalty with a game misconduct.
added 5:24pm. from the AP via NHL.com,
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“Last year, a lot of things went wrong,” said Bergeron, his production of 70 points only a 3-point drop from his sensational sophomore season. “I am aware of that, and I want things to change. Every time you learn, you improve. I think maybe I tried to do too much.”
Indeed, much like defensive behemoth Zdeno Chara, Bergeron paid a price for his talent, his willingness, and his versatility. In the fractured and oft-befuddling game plan cobbled together by then-coach Dave Lewis, Bergeron was at times painfully overused, especially so considering that he was also hurt - an issue that he steadfastly refuses to discuss.