On the ice it wasn’t a very memorable NHL All-Star weekend for Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron as the sole representative for the Black and Gold.
Bergeron struggled to get into a rhythm during the Honda Shooting Accuracy contest during the NHL Skills Competition at T-Mobile Arena on Friday night, and then his Team Atlantic Division fell by an 8-5 score in the opening round of the actual All-Star Game. Bergeron did score a goal in the game to tie things up at 3-3, but it fell apart from there for the Atlantic Division players against the Central Division on Saturday afternoon.
Patrice Bergeron with the snipe in a losing effort for Team Atlantic Division 🚨 pic.twitter.com/nG8ZMakdN0
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Truthfully, though, it was about everything Bergeron did off the ice that made it a completely successful weekend for the B’s captain. It was about bringing his three kids with him and giving them the NHL All-Star experience as well, something that 6-year-old Zack is going to remember forever even if the other two little ones are still a little too young.
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“It was great. I had a lot of fun. Great atmosphere and great energy. My family was here, and my kids were able to experience everything on the bench and being in the locker room with the guys,” said Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron. “For me, I was experiencing the whole thing through their eyes. So It was kind of cool, yeah.
I came here to enjoy myself. My kids were on the bench. It was an amazing night. I had a lot of fun. The kids loved it and enjoyed it. I think it’s going to be something that they’re going to remember, especially my oldest [Zack]. He’s at an age where he’s going to be able to remember and hopefully have some good memories out of it. I know I will. That was a blast.”
It was about representing the Boston Bruins well, showing the young kids what class and professionalism look with interactions like the ones with young Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki during his first time All-Star experience this weekend and about enjoying what might be his last time at the NHL-Star Game in his fourth career appearance.
Nick se fait de nouveaux amis cette fin de semaine.
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In all of those important areas, Bergeron had the perfect weekend merging his family and his NHL career into a great few days in Las Vegas during a break in an extremely hectic NHL regular season.