BOSTON – The Boston Bruins had a pretty solid stint over the past decade. They won the 2011 Stanley Cup and finished as the runners-up for the NHL championship in both 2013 and 2019. Leading this charge was obviously Zdeno Chara, mentioned previously in this countdown of the greatest Boston athletes of the 2010s. But there is no doubt in my mind that Patrice Bergeron, Boston's stalwart center, was one of the best hockey players of the 2010s.
Statistically, Bergeron was a beast from 2010 to 2019. He recorded 533 points, including 222 goals. In the post-season, he added 39 goals out of 94 points. The fact of the matter is that the Bruins would not have found the success they did this season without the heroics, leadership, and immense talent of Bergeron.
His 2012-13 season was clipped in the heels due to injury and he was hurt during the most recent off-season. Without him, the Bruins showed that they are just not a complete team. Bergeron has that intangible quality of what it means to be a Bruin. He is understandably beloved by all of Boston.
In addition to his leadership attributes and stellar stats, Bergeron has also been a contender for the NHL's best trophies frequently during the past decade. He received Star of the Month honors twice during the decade (in January 2011 and January 2018) and he also netted Star of the Week moments six times.
On top of that, Bergeron set NHL records with his possession of and nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which honors the NHL forward who performed the best defensively during the season. Bergeron won this honor in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017. A two-time All-Star during the decade and the 2012 leader in plus/minus, Bergeron also won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2013 for leadership on the ice and, in 2014, he was awarded the Foundation Player Award for leadership off the ice. Bergeron is the complete package.
And the Bruins' decade would not have been complete without him. After all, when they won the Cup in 2011, Bergeron's goal was the difference, as it gave them the championship. Hopefully, Bergeron has another impressive decade ahead of him!
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