Patrice Bergeron is the Obvious Choice to be the Next Boston Bruins Captain

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It will not be a surprise to anyone who the Boston Bruins will name as their next captain.  While there has not been an official announcement from the team, it’s abundantly clear that Patrice Bergeron is going to be their choice. 


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This past Wednesday, Zdeno Chara announced he was going to be leaving the Bruins and was going to sign with the Washington Capitals.  The move will end his 14-year run as the Captain of the Bruins. 


hChara will leave Boston to sign a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Capitals.  In his final season in Boston he played 68 regular-season games, 13 more in the playoffs, but made it clear he wasn’t sure he’d be back for his 23rd season.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman waited out the market for his services for a few months.  The Bruins were always in contact with Chara, in fact he said that general manager Don Sweeney “negotiated in good faith”.  Ultimately Chara felt he could still play consistent minutes at a high level and left the Bruins.  The Bruins were planning to reduce Chara’s minutes on the ice and allow their younger core of defenseman to play more meaningful minutes. 


With Chara’s departure, that leaves a vacancy for the captain role on the team.  For years, fans have been clamoring for Bergeron to wear the captain "C" on his sweater.  He should get that opportunity this season once the Bruins make the official announcement. 


In a Zoom call with reporters, the now Capitals defenseman spoke about the idea of Bergeron being the next captain for the Bruins. 


“Absolutely, no question: Patrice is going to be the next captain of the Boston Bruins,” Chara said.  “I think everybody knows that.  He's absolutely the right person to have as the captain.  He's been part of the Bruins organization for 15 or 16 years now, and he's done so much for the team, the organization and the community.  He’s going to be an unbelievable captain and leader.”


Bergeron has played for the Bruins since the 2003-2004 season.  His leadership skills are off the charts and the respect his teammates and his opponents have for him around the league is enormous. 


Bergeron has been an alternate captain with the Bruins since 2006.  That was the same year the Bruins signed Chara and named him captain of the team.  At 21 years old, Bergeron was already mature beyond his age.  Over the course of the last decade he has been professional and his commitment to the team and the city can never be challenged.

There has been prestige that has followed Bergeron over the course of his career.  He’s won gold medals in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi.  He has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy four times, 2012, 2014-15 and 2017.  Bergeron has won the John P. Bucyk award in 2007 and 2020 with the Bruins.  He is also a 2011 Stanley Cup Champion with the Bruins and a member of the Triple Gold Club.


   


The truth of the matter is simple, Bergeron has always been a co-captain in Boston with Chara.  He has been leader amongst this team on and off the ice.  With Chara gone, there is a void in the locker room, but Bergeron has been groomed for this opportunity for years.  He will carry the torch forward and lead this Bruins locker room until the day he walks away from the sport. 


Nothing will change for Bergeron in 2021, except now he should have the C on his sweater.  And it is the most deserving reward yet in his Hall of Fame career. 


Thank you Chara.

 

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