David Krejci plans to lead by example while wearing the ‘A’
|10.03.13 at 10:28 am ET|
David Krejci has a lot of things these days. He’s a first-line center making a pretty healthy $5.25 million a year, and now he has a shiny new ‘A’ on his sweater.
With the letter, which he’ll share with Chris Kelly, comes more notoriety and perhaps more responsibility, but Krejci isn’t planning on letting the distinction make him something he’s not.
“It’s an honor to still be a Bruin after many years here. Now to have a letter, it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I’m just going to try to do my best every night, try to lead by example on the ice and still be the same guy in the dressing room. I don’t want to change myself. I just want to be the same guy as I’ve been in past years. That’s all I can do.”
Krejci wants to follow the lead of a guy like Patrice Bergeron, who is the ultimate lead-by-example player but also has enough respect from his teammates that they’ll listen when he speaks.
“People don’t really know me, and some people say about me that I’m a quiet guy,” Krejci said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m quiet, but I also wouldn’t say I’m a loud guy. I don’t stand in front of the room and have big speeches. I’m just doing my thing.
“I feel that I’ve been on the team a long time now, and if there has to be something said or done in the dressing room between periods or after games or whatever, I feel like I can say something smart and guys will listen and it will make sense. That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m not going to be somebody that I’m not, but as I’m older, I’ve got more experience so I’m going to try to share that with the rest of the team.”
Krejci is a logical option to wear the letter. Entering his seventh NHL season, he’s one of the team’s top players, has led two of the last three postseasons in points. Yet he wasn’t the only candidate to take Andrew Ference‘s old letter and he knows it.
“You know what? I know I’ve got a letter on my jersey, but it doesn’t mean that there’s only four of us who are going to be leading by example,” he said. “We have other guys. We have Iggy, we have Looch, we have Soup. I don’t want to forget any names, but we have so many guys. We have such good leadership in our dressing room, so it doesn’t really matter who has the ‘A’ or not.”