On the heels of the Hurricanes ’end-of-season loss on Saturday, Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron is once again discussing the possibility of retiring from his 18th campaign now on the books.
Bergeron, 36, said throughout the season that he intended to discuss his future when the year officially ended in Boston, a result that occurred on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. However, as the grim reality of Game 7’s fall continues to sink in, Bergeron told reporters after the game that he was not yet ready to detail his plans.
“It’s too early now,” he said when asked about his future, per NBC Sports Boston. “Not after — so fresh now. It still hurts, obviously, from a tough fight series. Came short. Obviously, I have to think about it, but I’m not there right now.
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While Bergeron continued that he was not yet clear which direction he wanted to go, his actions in the end of the Bruins ’loss seemed to signal a possible farewell. The Boston Sports Journal shared a video of the 2003 draft pick hugging each of his teammates as they left the ice for the last time in Raleigh.
If Saturday is really the last time Bergeron will fit in for Boston, his embellished resume will put him in the conversation as one of the most prolific Bruins of all time. His 1,216 games rank third in franchise history while his 400 goals, 582 assists and 982 points are all ranked fourth.
A three-time All-Star and four-time Selke Trophy winner, Bergeron has been instrumental in the Bruins ’success in his nearly two-decade run at Beantown. In particular he played a key role in running the Stanley Cup in Boston in 2011, famously scoring two goals (including game / series winner) in Game 7 against Vancouver.
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