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Patrice Bergeron to youngsters: keep it simple in first game

Posted By DJ Bean On September 21, 2011 @ 11:44 am In General | No Comments

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Patrice Bergeron played his first preseason game seven years ago. (AP)

WILMINGTON — When it comes to learning from veterans, the preseason is a time for younger players to be sponges (and for writers to use the sponge cliché). With a couple of youngsters set to play their first preseason games, Patrice Bergeron can offer some advice.

The 26-year-old alternate captain can remember his first first preseason game, which he played as an 18-year-old in Montreal. The Quebec native has fond memories of his first time facing NHL competition, and for the likes of Dougie Hamilton and David Warsofsky, both of whom will play in their first preseason games Wednesday, he has a message.

“Just go out there and play your game,” Bergeron said of what advice he would give the youngsters. “Enjoy it. It only happens once, right? Just go out there and have fun. Keep it simple. There’s a reason why you’re here. Just do your thing.”

Hamilton did his thing by blocking a shot and battling through the rest of his shift in Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage. The real question is, with brother Freddie Hamilton‘s Sharks playing the Ducks, which game will the Hamilton household watch?


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