BOSTON – The final official act of the 2013 regular season came and went Friday morning for the Boston Bruins as B’s ownership along with Bruins president Cam Neely met with the media for the final season-ending press conference.
Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs spoke eloquently about the “successful” season enjoyed by the organization, and the remarkable job done by their players to make it to the Stanley Cup Final in truly inspiring fashion.
The biggest piece of real news out of the press conference, however, was about one of those courageous players, with Neely confirming that Patrice Bergeron has been released from the hospital.
The B’s alternate captain had been kept under observation at a Boston hospital while they waited for his lung issue to clear up.
Bergeron had played through Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung, and immediately went to the hospital for observation following the losing effort. Bergeron was released over the last couple of days, is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, and everyone around the NHL won’t soon forget the unparalleled toughness and courage shown by No. 37 gutting through a playoff hockey game with significant, painful injuries.
"He's doing well,” said Neely. “What he did certainly speaks volumes about Patrice as an athlete and as a human being. He's recovering and doing well, and will have a full recovery. All of the guys will do a really good job of resting, recovering and obviously keeping themselves in great shape for training camp.”
With Bergeron playing through his laundry list of painful, serious injuries and Gregory Campbell exhibiting the example of gritty competitiveness while finishing off a penalty kill shift on a broken leg, the bar has been set awfully high moving forward for what’s expected out of every Bruins player.
That’s exactly the way Neely would want it to be after he endured similar pain and suffering to answer the bell on many occasions during his Hall of Fame career with the Black and Gold.