The Canadian must be interested in Bergeron

The Canadian must be interested in Bergeron


A picture is worth a thousand words, they say.

Patrice Bergeron was seated near the exit leading to the corridor adjacent to the Bruins locker room. He wanted to greet each of his teammates as a true captain knows how to do. But above all, each of the members of the Bruins edition wanted to say thank you.

His reaction, especially when he hugged David Krejci and Brad Marchand, his great accomplice, obviously raised the famous question.

Is this the end of a magnificent career?

Since 2003, Patrice Bergeron has been an example for all Bruins players. A great leader, a fierce competitor, a man who knows how to bring his teammates together in adversity, qualities that have allowed him to find his place among the great athletes in the history of the city of Boston.

“It is still too early to make a decision. I will consult my family and my friends. ”

But the wounds have left their mark. Hasn't he played his last three games despite a herniated disc?

No matter what decision he makes, the Patrice Bergeron file should fill the discussions among Canadian decision-makers . An organization with such an impressive history as the Habs should never pass up the opportunity to surround itself with people of influence.

An ambassador

Bergeron's brilliant profile and the impact he has had and still has in the world of hockey deserve serious consideration. He is an ambassador for his sport. He is a resource person for National League leaders. Throughout his career, he has served his sport with great professionalism.

Last year, Geoff Molson and his group did not hesitate to approach Vincent Lecavalier. Shouldn't they include the name of Patrice Bergeron in their future project?

We will say that he is a full member of the Boston Bruins, we all agree. On the other hand, when you end an athletic career, sometimes priorities change, especially if you are offered a challenge corresponding to projects that you would like to carry out in a completely new role.

Bergeron is a leader. He is also a highly respected character, he is a student of the sport of hockey working continuously to improve his knowledge in business and in the administration of a sports team.

Presumably the Boston Bruins, owners and makers, have already discussed what role their captain can fill when he retires. When you spend 20 seasons with an organization, you forge ties with people of influence, with the community, with the company's decision-makers. We quickly realized on Sunday night that he had great respect for the fans of the team.

Enforcing the culture

For an organization like the Canadiens, it is important to keep an eye out, especially if the identified player wants to remain attached to the world of hockey and have a major impact on the company.

Since the arrival of new leaders, Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes, it has been repeated dozens of times that the organization must return to the culture that, for so long, marked the successes of the company. Didn't Hughes have a long business relationship with the Bruins captain?

In Boston, Bergeron upheld the Bruins culture. In this respect, his know-how could greatly serve the organization of the Canadiens.

In 2003, we made the mistake of choosing Cory Urquhart rather than Bergeron, selected four ranks later by the Bruins. Perhaps if the opportunity arises, we could partially fix this lack of judgment on the part of hiring managers.

A quick note

< p>By the way, the Avalanche and the Bruins will have finally played seven games more than the Canadiens. 

So when the general managers say that the goal is a pass for the spring tournament, and we'll see later, they're absolutely right.

The Canadian must be interested in Bergeron