“Oh Captain, my captain.” After 19 seasons with the Bruins, #37 is hanging up his skates (as a professional player, anyway). Our beloved Boston Bruins Captain, Patrice Bergeron has announced his retirement.
Bergeron played all 19 of his NHL seasons for Boston and is leaving a legacy behind him, in Boston and the world. The internet is showing Bergy all the love and appreciation today. More on the Stanley Cup winner from ESPN is here. There were retirement rumors last year, but Bergy returned to help the Bruins achieve the most regular season wins on record.
Thank you for everything! 🏒 Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron has announced he's retiring pic.twitter.com/DGjLBqN90L— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) July 25, 2023
Patrice issued a statement, through the Bruins, saying “”When I was around 12 years old a teacher asked everyone in my class to write about our dreams. For me, my dream was already clear: to become a professional hockey player…For the last 20 years I have been able to live my dream every day. I have had the honor of playing in front of the best fans in the world wearing the Bruins uniform and representing my country at the highest levels of international play. I have given the game everything that I have physically and emotionally, and the game has given me back more than I could have ever imagined.” The full statement is available, below.
The reaction from the media, the fans and his teammates is overwhelming. See some of it here, below. No one displayed a sense of calm, strength and class like Bergeron. We fans will be making comparisons and remember this exemplary player for years to come. Thank you for EVERYTHING, Captain Patrice Bergeron. Enjoy your family and your retirement. It’s so well deserved.
(I’m not crying, you’re crying).