While Milan Lucic
may consider Vancouver his old stomping grounds, many of the Bruins haven’t returned to the city since they represented their native lands in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Six current Bruins, Tomas Kaberle, Dennis Seidenberg
, Tim Thomas
, Patrice Bergeron
, David Krejci
and Zdeno Chara
, took part in last winter’s Olympic games.
In addition, two then-Bruins, Marco Sturm and Miroslav Satan, also represented the Black & Gold.
Bergeron and the Canadian Olympic Team took home the gold, defeating Thomas and Team USA 3-2, in an overtime thriller.
“I mean it was something special last year, those few weeks was a great experience. Coming back and playing here is obviously bringing back memories,” Bergeron said.
It was the first Olympic appearance for both Thomas and Bergeron.
“Beating Canada the first time, that was huge obviously,” Thomas said of his favorite Olympic memories, “Then losing to Canada the second time, probably.
“You know just representing your country like I had wanted to since I was five years old, was the biggest thing out of it.”
Kaberle made his third Olympic appearance alongside new Bruins teammate, Krejci who appeared in his first Olympics in 2010.
“I had a good time. I didn’t know three quarters of the team so I was a little nervous coming into the tournament to meet the guys and stuff,” Krejci said. “But at the end of the tournament we got really close and we had something good going.”
The newest Bruin had a 1-2-3 scoring line in his five appearances last year, improving his career Olympic scoring to 3-5-8 in 17 games to go along with four penalty minutes.
Krejci recorded two goals and a single assist as the Czech Republic finished seventh in the international tournament.
Seidenberg also competed in his third Olympic games, adding a goal in four games for career Olympic totals of 2-1-3 in 16 games with 16 penalty minutes. Germany finished in 11th place.
B’s captain Zdeno Chara
had three assists and six penalty minutes in Slovakia’s seven games played.
“I had some great memories. Beating some quality teams and playing very good throughout the whole tournament, that was very positive,” he said.
Chara captained the Slovakian Olympic Team all the way to a medal game, where they lost to Finland 5-3 in the bronze medal match-up, sending Chara home with a fourth place finish in his second Olympic appearance. Chara has a career Olympic line of 3-4-7 in fourteen games.
“Being part of the Olympics is something very special,” said Chara.