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Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron retires

There are certainties in life.

Death.

Taxes.

And Patrice Bergeron being a dominant force for the Boston Bruins hockey club.

While the death and taxes aspect of this equation remain, after 20 seasons in the NHL Bergeron has decided to call it a career.

What has Bergeron accomplished during his career? The question might be what hasn’t he accomplished while competing not just with the Bruins in the NHL, but also for Team Canada internationally.

This is from a message Bergeron wrote for all his fans, both in Boston and Canada:

“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.

“It is with a full heart and a lot of gratitude that today I am announcing my retirement as a professional hockey player.”

During his playing career, Bergeron won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Bruins, and was also able to claim two Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with Team Canada. He is a 3-time All-Star and was named the Mark Messier Leadership Award winner in 2011.

How do the Bruins replace Bergeron on the ice? That is a difficult question all organizations have to answer at some point after their franchise leader, both on and off the ice, decides to call it a career. Nonetheless, what a beautiful career it was for Bergeron, and we wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.

For more on this story from FFSN’s “Big Bad B’s” podcast network, Jake Reiser has you covered in the podcast player below:

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