Patrice Bergeron is formally the subsequent captain of the Bruins

Trevor Hass, Sports activities Producer

January 7, 2021 | 11:38 AM

In a transfer that was anticipated following Zdeno Chara’s departure, longtime heart Patrice Bergeron was formally named the subsequent captain of the Bruins on Thursday.

Bergeron, who’s getting into his 17th season in Boston, ranks third in workforce historical past in video games performed and game-winning targets and is fifth in each targets and assists. Amongst lively NHL gamers, he’s third in plus-minus, ninth in playoff video games, and 14th in factors.

“For 16 seasons we have now all watched Patrice develop not solely into an elite participant but in addition an incredible chief,” Bruins President Cam Neely stated in a launch. “Patrice represents the Bruins group and our followers with integrity, willpower, and sophistication. On and off the ice he embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we couldn’t be prouder that he’ll lead our workforce as Captain.”

Bergeron, 35, is the 20th captain in workforce historical past – a task most lately held Joe Thornton (2002-2005) and Chara (2006-2020). He received the Stanley Cup in Boston in 2011 and has additionally spearheaded many charitable endeavors over time.

“Patrice Bergeron exudes management, character, expertise, will and empathy,” Bruins Normal Supervisor Don Sweeney stated. “Everyone knows Bergy embraces the legacy of the Boston Bruins, as he’ll with the Captaincy. Bergy has earned the respect of all of his teammates, coaches and everybody within the Bruins group.”

The Bruins are set to open the common season Thursday, Jan. 14, on the street towards the New Jersey Devils.

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