By: Connor Green | Follow Me On Twitter @connorgreen777
Patrice Bergeron takes home his first award of the off-season, the Mark Messier Leadership Award. MMLA is awarded to the players who best exemplify leadership on the ice and grows the game off the ice by inspiring boys and girls in his community and throughout the hockey world.
After being what some may call “snubbed” in the Selke voting, everyone can agree, Bergeron is deserving of this award. In his 17th season with the Bruins and the first as Captain, Bergeron recorded 23G-25A-48P +27 in 54 GP. Bergeron leads the Bruins to 33W-16L-7OL season and into the second round of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff. This is the first Mark Messier award for Bergeron and the first Bruin since Zdeno Chara in 2011.
Bergeron’s off-ice contributions include the Pucks and Paddles Ping Pong Tournament and Patrice’s Pals. Pucks and Paddles support Tufts Children’s Hospital, while Patrice’s Pals invites young patients from Boston area hospitals to Bruins games and get a meet and greet with Bergeron after the game!
All in all, Patrice Bergeron should be on Wikipedia when you search Leadership. Year in and year out, he has been at the core of leadership to this Bruins organization; it has been a poetic story of Bergeron being handed the “C” after Chara moving on to Washington. There is no doubt in any Bruins fans’ mind that the number 37 will be headed to the rafters shortly after retirement. Likewise, with an NHL Hockey Hall of Fame induction.