Patrice Bergeron finally reveals the real reason why he announced his retirement
BY MARCO AUGUST 4, 2023 (9:35 PM)
After 19 seasons with the Boston Bruins, many hockey fans in Quebec consider number 37 as one of the best defensive players of his generation, and he will have the honor of having his jersey retired by the Bruins organization next season.
It was heartbreaking to see the images of the Bruins being eliminated by the Florida Panthers last spring when all of Bergeron's teammates came up to give him quite an emotional hug, as if the players knew it was his last career game.
It seems that was indeed the case because according to Kevin Dubé of the Journal de Québec, Bergeron had made his decision last January and according to the journalist, one of the main reasons that led him to retire is that at 38, he listened to his body.
That's the only true reason:
Since the Boston Bruins were eliminated in the first round of the last playoffs, the motivation to go to train and even to step onto the ice was less present for Bergy:
As we know, Bergeron has suffered many injuries during his long career and he has even often played while he was quite battered thank you.
Remember the 2013 finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite a punctured lung, a fractured rib, torn costal cartilage, and a shoulder separation, he played the sixth game of the final that the Bruins lost and after the game, Bergeron was taken to the hospital.
If that's not synonymous with courage, I don't know what is!
That said, the former Bruins captain will be able to fully enjoy his retirement and lead a somewhat more normal life, waiting for the doors of the Hockey Hall of Fame to give him a place in a few years.
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