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.
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.