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Recchi Enjoying His Role

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- Patrice Bergeron was reunited with his once and future linemate Mark Recchi prior to the B's game in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (19) celebrates a break-away goal with teammate Mark Recchi (28) as Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher (12) skates by during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)
Beyond the sheer comfort factor of having his usual winger back, Bergeron talked about the intangibles that Recchi, who has now played 1580 games in the NHL, brings to the Boston Bruins.

"The intensity. The character," began Bergeron. "It’s been giving him success and that’s why he’s going to be Hall of Fame.

"He’s so good and he’s still keeping up with us. You can’t tell that he’s [almost] 43 years old.

"So I think his age shouldn’t matter; shouldn’t be part of the equation, other than his experience, you know?"

That experience has been invaluable to Bergeron.

"I think that is what has been helping me the most, so I think that’s what’s going to help [Recchi's new linemate] Jordan [Caron] as well," said Bergeron.

Even beyond his help with the youngest Bruins, Recchi remains a very viable part of the Boston lineup and Mark has played in nearly every situation for Boston.

"It's important to have those kinds of guys and he's one of them," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien. "Obviously, Mark is the guy we kind of look at because he's the older vet and the guy with the most experience, but you know, we are fortunate to have some players that can do that and it certainly makes our team better."

Clearly, Recchi's experience has helped the likes of Caron and Tyler Seguin make the transition from Junior Hockey to the NHL.

"It's nice," said Recchi of his work with the B's rookies. "It's nice to see fresh faces like that come in -- good kids -- just come in and want to do well and want to win.

"It's important."

Recchi said that the arrival of Seguin and Caron coupled with the trade for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell have brought new life to the Bruins and continuously renews his own enthusiasm for the game.

"We added the new faces in Horts and Soupy and you know it's been a great fit," said Recchi. "The guys have come in and with a great bunch of guys...and everyone wants to do well and really wants to get better as a team."

"So it makes it enjoyable, for sure."

Hockey has always been enjoyable for Recchi, but the vet admits there are days when the schedule can wear on the best of players. The collective energy of the 2010-11 Bruins has helped Recchi keep those doldrums at bay.

"Absolutely, it helps you carry through 82 games when you come in the dressing room and the guys are smiling everyday," he said. "You have guys that are happy. THere is no question that the young kids, who are not only happy to be here, but they want to get better.

"It makes it absolutely refreshing for me to come in and want to put a [smile on].

"Not that I don't smile every day anyways, but it does, some days you come in and you say, '[Darn] practice again.' But then you see the young guys ready to go and you go, 'Okay let's go.' Boom. You get out there and have some fun and an hour later it's great."

Recchi also remarked that his role makes him think that it was the right decision to return to Boston.

"Oh yeah, for sure," said Mark. "I mean it was fun playing with Ty for the first little while and hopefully helped ease his way into it, and now, I'm going to play with Bergy now for however long.

"Definitely, I know I made the right decision."
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