By: Lauren Spencer | Follow Me on Twitter: @laurenspenc
After nineteen seasons, Boston Bruins Captain Patrice Bergeron has decided to retire from the National Hockey League. After spending his whole career in Black and Gold, Bergeron will retire as one of the most respected players of all time, on the ice and off. He will conclude his career with numerous accolades, including a Stanley Cup victory, a record-setting six Selke Trophies, and two Olympic Gold Medals.
Bergeron’s career will end with a total of 1,294 games played and 1,040 points. He was a player who always had an impact when he stepped onto the ice, holding the record for most playoff overtime goals in Bruins history. He will also be remembered for scoring the Game Winning Goal during Game Seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, allowing Boston to clinch their first Stanley Cup since 1972. In 2022-2023, Bergeron finished the season with 27-31-58 in 78 GP. Coming off a Selke winning season at age 38, Bergeron’s level of game-strength has never wavered.
Off the ice, Bergeron has also always been a staple in the Boston Community. He founded his charity, Patrice’s Pals, as a way to bring children from local hospitals to Bruins games and give them the VIP treatment. Children from Massachusetts General Hospital, Make-A-Wish, the Cam Neely Foundation, and many others have all participated in this program.
Following this incredible career, Bergeron is a player who will inevitably find himself in the Hall of Fame. The Bruins will likely also retire the number 37 to honor him, as he has left behind an enormous legacy.