Tonight when the Bruins face the New York Islanders at the TD Garden, the team will celebrate a huge milestone: Patrice Bergeron’s 1000th game.
There was a time, long ago, when fans – Bergy himself, didn’t believe that he would have a career that would last that long. After suffering a concussion and broken nose on a hit from behind by Philly’s Randy Jones, Bergeron was knocked out of hockey for 11 months while he recovered.
Bergeron didn’t play another game for 11 months, giving him far too much time to mull scary possibilities. “I had a chance to go see him a number of times during that stretch when he was at home and recovering,” says Zdeno Chara, who’s been the Bruins captain since 2006. “I could see that he had strong doubt in his mind if he would ever be able to recover and play at the same level.”
Bergy did come back to play and now is celebrating his 1000th game.
"All the friendships and memories I've gathered over the years…it's been a fun ride so far. It's been special along the way."
🎥 Patrice Bergeron on reaching the 1,000-game milestone: pic.twitter.com/11ZkgsrqDE
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 4, 2019
What will be going through Patrice Bergeron’s head if he takes the opening faceoff for his 1,000th career game?
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 4, 2019
As was mentioned above, the Isles are in town tonight. That means former Bruins hard-hitting defenseman Johnny Boychuk is back in town. He’s wondering why there are some parking bans around town.
Isles vs. Bruins? Bergys 1000th? Or something else tomorrow? pic.twitter.com/c3uSQrzac5
— Johnny Boychuk (@joboych) February 4, 2019
Yep, totally about Bergy, for sure.