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Patrice Bergeron Transcript on 4/23 in Regards to Selke Nomination

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS QUOTES

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 11:30 AM

On being a Selke Award finalist…
Yeah it’s definitely another huge honor. It always speaks about the way that your team helps you and by the way that your trying to play the game and for myself, I take a lot of pride in my two way games. It’s definitely special to be nominated with two great players like Anže [Kopitar] and Jonathan [Toews].

On if you feel better because of the nomination after missing the playoffs…
Well I mean, right now it’s hard just to watch some hockey and definitely hurts. I’ve always said that it’s always about the team and individual awards don’t really matter so I can’t be standing here and say that it helps, I guess, after a year like we’ve had. It’s an honor, I’m definitely not going to say otherwise but I definitely would rather be in the playoffs right now.

On guys that miss the playoffs not normally getting the nominations…
I wasn’t really thinking about that to be honest with you. I got a text from Matt Chmura and to be honest I had no idea. I didn’t know it was yesterday that they were naming the Selke nominations. I’ll take it for sure. Like I said, it’s an honor, but I wasn’t really thinking about it.

On the analysis of your year defensively compared to other years…
I mean, you know, I’m always trying to play a two-way game and try to play the best I can and this year was definitely, for everyone it wasn’t our best year myself included. But at the same time I definitely try to leave everything on the ice every time I step out there. I felt like I’ve done that for sure.

On your reaction to the team releasing Peter Chiarelli…
Yeah, I mean, its I guess the business that we’re in. When you underperform and you don’t play to expectations and to our expectations as players, as a team, as management—things like that happen. It’s unfortunate because it definitely, a lot of blame should be on us as players as well. But at the same time it’s how it goes.

On your concern with the future of the team…
I’m not concerned, I mean, I’m a player. It’s definitely out of my control but I have full confidence and support of what the upper management will—decision they’ll make. Eight years ago now they hired Peter [Chiarelli] and no one knew what was going to happen and we won a Stanley Cup so I’m definitely going to leave it into their hands again and I’m sure they’re going to make the right decision one more time.

On whether he has reached out to Peter Chiarelli…
I sent a text message wishing him all the best and thanking him for everything that he’s done, but I haven’t heard anything. I’m sure he’s had a lot of text messages and stuff like that.

On whether he is expecting more personnel changes this summer…
To be honest, I just want to kind of worry about me, making sure I’m back on track and having a good summer and resting and making sure I’m making myself ready for next year, and see what happens. Like I said, I trust what the upper management are trying to do, and we’ll see what happens, and by all means, I like Claude [Julien] — I like playing for Claude — and we’ll see what happens with that.

On what he believes must change in order for the team to improve next season…
Well, I think, first of all, we didn’t play to expectations as players, and I think everyone would say the same thing, individually. When that happens, it’s tough to play a good team game and being solid and being good overall. So that’s definitely the first thing I would say, is that we all need to be better next year, and as a team, I think our consistency’s got to be a lot better if we want some results. So that’s the main two things I’ve seen, and I think we definitely need to improve.

On his the amount of faceoffs he took this year and his overall faceoff numbers…
It was definitely a first this year, the amount of faceoffs that I was taking. I wouldn’t say overall, but more in my zone — in the defensive zone, I was taking a lot and really starting a lot of my shifts there, which is fine. It’s definitely something that I like to do, and it’s a good challenge to go back on the offense and try to create some offense out of it. So it was definitely different when David went down, and even when Dave was playing wing with me — that’s definitely something that I had to do more, sometimes taking draws also for other lines, but at the end of the day, it’s part of my job, and I have to do it to the fullest and make sure I win the faceoffs when I’m asked to do that.

On whether Hockey Canada reached out to him about playing in World Championships…
No. No, and I understand, and from Peter [Chiarelli], after the exit meetings, and from talking to him, he said that they wanted to see younger players this year.
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