In a heart aching moment following the Boston Bruins’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers, the entire Bruins team lined up to give a huge hug to their captain Patrice Bergeron. The 37-year-old veteran, who signed a team-friendly one-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit at the beginning of the season, saluted the fans after the game, possibly indicating the end of his illustrious Hall of Fame career.
Bergeron, a five-time Selke Trophy winner, has been an invaluable asset to the Bruins throughout his career. This season, he played a pivotal role in helping the team break the NHL record for most wins in a season. He amassed 27 goals and 31 assists for a total of 58 points in 79 games. However, due to injury, Bergeron was only able to participate in three games during the playoff series against Florida, where he registered one goal. The Bruins were not only favorites in this series, but favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year in what could of been a fairytale send off for their long time Icon.
Over his remarkable career, Bergeron put on the Bruins sweater in over 1,200 games, becoming a beloved figure in Boston and around the league. His potential retirement would mark the end of an era for the Bruins and their fans, who have witnessed his unwavering dedication, skill, and leadership throughout the years.
As the hockey world awaits an official announcement on Bergeron’s future, the emotional farewell shared by his teammates and fans after Game 7 serves as a testament to the profound impact he has had on the sport and the city of Boston. Not the way anyone would have wanted it to end. heartbreaking.