Patrice Bergeron is getting ready to play for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup tournament in Switzerland just after Christmas, along with Bruins teammate Tyler Seguin. Bergeron is also gearing up to head back home to North America at the beginning of January.
The 27-year-old center will fly back home following the invitational tournament and will be leaving his HC Lugano club, according to a NESN report.
The reigning Selke Trophy winner has 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 21 games for the Swiss "A" League the past few months while playing alongside former Bruins forward Glen Metropolit. Bergeron sustained a hand injury in the first few weeks after arriving in Switzerland, but has been otherwise healthy throughout his stint in Lugano, while immersing himself in the Italian-influenced region of the country.
The Spengler Cup will be played in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday through Monday and will include teams from other European countries along with the Team Canada entry. There is expected to be a large exodus of players from Europe back toward North America at the end of December as NHL players will wait for a positive or negative resolution to the NHL lockout thats creeping up on Day No. 100 on Christmas Day.
Reports indicate that the NHL and NHLPA will hold a face-to-face meeting following Christmas, and players know the next few weeks will determine whether a 48-game regular season will be rescued from the lockout abyss. If the 2013 NHL season is cancelled by the middle of January, then many players such as Bergeron will find somewhere to play in Europe for the remainder of the season after some time at home.
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FOXBORO -- Antonio Brown's live stream of coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Sunday had a ripple effect that traveled all the way to New England: Just in case Patriots players weren't familiar with the league's social-media policy, they were reminded of it this week.
"We were reminded of that," receiver Chris Hogan said. "I’m not sure what the timing is, but obviously, I don’t think we’ll see guys doing that in the locker room."
Players are prohibited from using social media in the locker room until media outlets have been given an opportunity to talk to players following games. Brown's Facebook Live video, which garnered national attention almost as soon as it went online, was shot well before the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium opened following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City.
"We have a team policy on that," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Strictly enforced. We go from there."
Of course part of the reason the video became as widely disseminated as it did was because it caught Tomlin calling the Patriots "a--holes."
"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin," Slater said when asked about Tomlin's speech. "I appreciate the way he prepares his team. I’ve had a good working relationship with him over the years, and it will continue to be that way."
Both Slater and Hogan insisted that their focus will be trained solely on preparing for what Tomlin and his players will do when they arrive to Gillette Stadium Sunday night -- not what they say leading up to kickoff.
"You come in here, you're automatically bought into what we preach here, what coach [Bill] Belichick preaches," Hogan said. "It's football. We're 100 percent football here. It's not about anything outside. Between the media or whatever it is outside of football, whatever we're doing. When we come here, it's 100 percent football. That's all we're focused on is the opponent we're playing that week."