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Golden Memories

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
VANCOUVER -- Just about a year ago, Team Canada beat Team USA for the 2010 Olympic Ice Hockey gold and the Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron was front and center for the historic game.

On Friday, Bergeron was asked if the return to Vancouver had invoked memories of his journey to gold.

"Yeah it does," he said. "I mean it was something special last year -- those few weeks were a great experience.

"Coming back and playing here is obviously bringing back memories."

In all, Bergeron played in seven games for the Canadians and was utilized on the home team's faceoff specialist for much of the tournament.

This season, Bergeron is poised for a career year with 20-29-49 totals through 60 games. But surely the unique experience of representing Canada on the Olympic hockey team in Vancouver is a tough act to follow.

Bergeron said it was a special time, but not just because of the gold medal.

"I think the first one would be getting to know all the athletes and having the chance to see what they do before or during their event and also getting some friendships from other sports," he said. "But also the second thing was getting that gold medal was very special, hanging around my neck and winning in my country was something very special."

As was the feeling that an entire nation was rooting for Team Canada from the drop of the puck to Sidney Crosby's gold-winning goal.

"It was amazing and it was a great experience," said Bergeron. "You could tell the whole country was behind us and cheering for us and it was something I’ll never forget.

"It will be a memory in the back of my head and something I will tell my kids someday."
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