Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

The announcement of Patrice Bergeron’s return to the Boston Bruins was welcomed by players in attendance as part of the 12th edition of the Pro-AM Gagné-Bergeron on Tuesday night at the Videotron Center.

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On the sidelines of the charity event, which raises funds for four organizations that help sick, disadvantaged or special needs children, more than 20 NHL players were in attendance. Many were delighted by the return of Patrice Bergeron for a 19th season. On Monday, the Bruins forward agreed to a one-year contract extension worth $2.5 million, but he could earn up to double that amount in performance bonuses. .

Pierre-Luc Dubois dodged the question with a smile when asked by reporters if he would like to play with Montreal Canadiens defender David Savard again. However, when asked about Bergeron, Pierre-Luc Dubois was more talkative.


Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

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“I was a ‘fan’ of his when I was younger,” the Winnipeg Jets forward said. […] When I saw his signature, the “geek” in me was very happy to see that. As a competitor you want to play against the best and Patrice is part of this category.

“If you’re not physically and mentally prepared against him, it’s not going to go well,” Dubois continued. He is so smart on the ice. […]. He knows where I’m going on the ice before he even makes a decision.

Simon Gagné, who organizes the event with Bergeron, also had good words for the Bruins veteran.


Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

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Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

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“I hope that other players will do the same as Patrice in the years to come,” said Simon Gagné. He decided to take out less money to give more to other players and have a competitive team. He shows the quality of his person and his leadership. The last person to take a pay cut like that was Martin Brodeur. He shows Patrice’s class.

Regarding the Pro-Am, the former Philadelphia Flyers forward highlighted the quality of the programming and the collaboration of the athletes. Jack Eichel, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jonathan Huberdeau were just a few of the big names in attendance.

“The players help us a lot. David Savard and Jonathan Marchesseault have made a big difference this year in attracting players, Gagné added. […] It’s the best lineup we’ve had since the start of the Pro-Am.

“That’s Flattering”

Patrice Bergeron appreciated the good comments from his compatriots about him.


Patrice Bergeron commands respect at Pro-Am

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“It’s flattering to hear comments like that,” Bergeron said. There’s camaraderie in hockey and it’s special to be a part of that.”

“I am very excited and happy to be back. […] It was a decision that I took the time to mature. The answer came to me by itself.”

In Laval or Montreal, Harris is up for the challenge

After playing 10 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, defender Jordan Harris wants to play a big role next year, whether it’s in Montreal or with the Laval Rocket in the American League.

Harris has accepted Patrice Bergeron’s invitation to participate in the 12th edition of the Pro-Am on Tuesday at the Videotron Centre. During his meeting with the media, the defender said he was ready to take on the challenge that will be set for him next year.

“I hope to play a lot, that’s the goal,” he said. He was playing big minutes with Northeastern University. I’ll do my best. Whether I play 10 or 15 minutes in Montreal or Laval, it will be an honor for me.

“What I went through last year makes me hungrier and more excited for next year,” he added.

Although he did not attend the last National Hockey League draft in the Quebec metropolis, Jordan Harris is excited by the arrival of Juraj Slafkovsky, the first choice overall.

“Even though I wasn’t there, you could feel the excitement from the fans,” he said. […] I haven’t seen him play much, but for sure he has a special talent and the players are excited.”

For his part, goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault, who was also in the Pro-Am, studied Slafkovsky more during the World Cup. He can’t wait to see the new power forward in action.

“We are in reconstruction, but we have good young people who are growing, said Montembeault […]. I’ve seen Slafkovsky and I’m really looking forward to facing him in practice.”

Dadonov: ‘My son could have done just as well’

Invited to comment on the new acquisition of Habs Evgenii Dadonov, Jonathan Marchessault underlined the offensive touch of his former teammate, allowing himself a bit of humor.

“He’s a guy who does honest work. He has good offensive production, but safe when he played with Barkov and Huberdeau [en Floride]I think my 8-year-old son would have done well with those two boys as well,” Marchessault said with a laugh.


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