Olympic selection thrills Bergeron
|12.30.09 at 5:23 pm ET|
It was not just another day at the rink for Bruins center Patrice Bergeron.
The 24-year-old received a message during the team’s morning skate that, Kevin Lowe, an official with the Canadian Olympic hockey team had called. Upon returning the call, Bergeron learned a dream had come true and he was headed to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
“I’m pretty happy, pretty excited about it,” said Bergeron outside the Bruins locker room before tonight’s contest against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Bergeron was the only player selected for the Canadian team that had not been invited to a training camp this summer. Instead, he earned his way into being selected as one of the 13 forwards on Canada’s Olympic squad by playing consistently strong hockey all season.
“I worked hard, it wasn’t just for the Olympics, but for the Bruins and I’m very happy to get rewarded like that today,” said Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in scoring with 29 points and is among the top faceoff men in the league.
Still, the skilled forward was somewhat taken aback to learn he would be helping Canada try to win a Gold Medal while hosting the Olympics in mid-February.
“It was kind of hard to believe today, it was kind of overwhelming a little bit,” said Bergeron. “My family is here for the New Year, so I was real happy to have them here with me. I’m very honored and very happy. It’s a great feeling.”