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Bruins by the Numbers: 37

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- Boston Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron, who won a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, recently appeared on the cover of Hockey News.


Bergeron on The Hockey News.
The big gold headline reads: "BELIEVE: The Bruins Do. Should We?"

The answer is obvious to Bergeron and the always-upbeat centerman said that his summer was restful and that he and the B's enter the fall with high expectations.

"I’ve been here for...eight years now and we’ve had some ups and downs but I think we’re going towards the right direction and it’s great to see," said Bergeron via cell phone from Quebec City.

"I'm just excited about being part of it and being with the team right now, and the things we’ve done over the summer have been great."

Nathan Hornton's name came up quickly during the conversation.

"He's a great player," said Bergeron. "He’s a sniper...[and] he’s pretty gritty as well. He’s a tough player to play against and I'm just happy to have him on board.

"And it's the same thing with all the draft picks that we’ve got this year," added Patrice. "They seem to be some great players so I'm very excited with where we’re going and I'm just happy to be a part of it."

As I did with several of his Patrice's teammates, I asked what, if any, advice he might give Tyler Seguin if the rookie forward were to ask Bergeron about playing in the NHL.

"Well, I think he seems to be a very smart kid, and I think he knows what he needs to do but ...if I have one piece of advice, it’s just to go out there and do his thing," said Patrice. "He doesn’t need to think or try to do too much because he’s a great player."

Bergeron speaks from experience. As a rookie, Patrice was thrown into an important role during his first season as a pro and posted 16-23-39 totals during 71 games with the NHL Bruins.

"My first year when I came to the league all I did was play my game and I just had fun with it," said the center. "It was such a great experience to be playing with some...NHL players that I was watching on TV the year before and there I was on the ice with them every day in practices and games.

"It was just a dream come true for me. So I would just live in the moment and try to do the best I can."

Bergeron has often said that he continues to try and live in the moment, particularly since the neck and head injury which sidelined him for a large portion of the 2008-09 season.

Last season, Bergeron felt better, but said that he has enjoyed working toward another campaign this summer without the distraction of recovering from injury.

"Yeah. It’s nice to feel that way," said Bergeron. "Last year [was] a full year, where I felt good all year...and I can continue to look forward.

"To be honest, I don’t even think about that [injury] anymore. It’s just when I get asked about it, but otherwise when I go around [the ice] and when I go work out or when I go do my everyday stuff I don’t think about the past.

"I’ve learned from it and I took the good out of it I guess. Now I'm looking forward."

With 2010-11 in his sights, Bergeron said he anticipates becoming a more vocal leader in the Bruins dressing room.

"I think it’s something that we need to do as a team. As a leader you have to do it, you have to step up sometimes," said Bergeron. "Sometimes leading by example is great and it’s something that I really believe in, but also speaking up when it’s time to, it means it even more.

"It's something that I have to do and I feel more comfortable doing now - stepping up and talking in the room...You go out there and try to tell the guys what needs to be said," Bergeron explained. "I've learned a lot from veterans like Mark Recchi, who I have a lot of respect for, and I'm just happy to play with him and to be on his line, and on his team."

1 season in the AHL (68 games, 21-40-61 line)
2
World Championships for Canada (2004, 2006)
6
NHL seasons
6'2
height
25
years old
45th
pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (2nd Round)
74
junior games with Acadie-Bathurst (2 seasons, 23-51-74 line)
99
NHL goals
181
NHL assists
194
weight
280
NHL points
376
NHL games
2004
Gold Medalist at World Championship
2005 Gold Medalist at World Junior Championship
2010
Gold Medalist at Vancouver Olympic
s." -Bergeron by the Numbers
With that in mind, Bergeron said he would carry the lessons he learned during the Philadelphia series with him throughout his career.

"For sure," said Bergeron. "Like I said, I learned when I got my injury a couple years ago, and that was actually a tough time in my life, and now last year in the playoffs. I think you need to learn from [ the] ups and downs and last year against Philly; it was an up and down series.

"We were up 3-0 and everything was going well and then we lost the momentum in Game 4 and everything flipped and nothing was going our way.

"So it’s something that we need to learn from but it’s also something that, as a team, we need to make sure will never happen again."

In the meantime, Bergeron is enjoying the last few days of his R&R and plans on bringing his best to the ice when camp opens in September.

"I've been spending my whole summer in Quebec City back home seeing family and friends," he said. "It’s been very fun. I've been working out pretty hard all summer and I've been skating and pretty much [doing] what I've done in the past couple of years.

"I expect to get better each and every year," added Bergeron. "This coming year is no exception. I want to be better. I want to have a good impact on the team; a positive impact on and off the ice.

"I feel like I can take on a bigger role this year...[and] try to get better each and every day, work as hard as I can -- in practice and in games -- and do the best for our team to bring it where we want to go."
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