Patrice Bergeron officially named new captain of Boston Bruins

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The Bruins officially have a new captain at the helm — and man, is it not much of a surprise.

Boston announced Thursday morning that Patrice Bergeron has been named as the 20th team captain in franchise history, taking on the role after Zdeno Chara signed with the Washington Capitals last week.

Bergeron now joins an esteemed list of Bruins captains that  including seven Hall of Famers and seven former Bruins whose numbers have been retired.

Past Bruins Captains include Zdeno Chara (2006-20), Joe Thornton (2002-05), Jason Allison (2000-01), Ray Bourque (1985-2000), Rick Middleton (1985-88), Terry O’Reilly (1983-85), Wayne Cashman (1977-83), John Bucyk (1966-67 and 1973-77), Leo Boivin (1963-66), Don McKenney (1961-63), Ferny Flaman (1955-61), Ed Sanford (1954-55), Milt Schmidt (1950-54), John Crawford (1946-50), Ralph ‘Cooney’ Weiland (1938-39), Aubrey ‘Dit’ Clapper (1932-38 and 1939-47), George Owen (1931-32), Lionel Hitchman (1927-31), Sprague Cleghorn (1925-27).

It’s a privilege to name Patrice the 20th Captain of the Boston Bruins,” said Bruins President Cam Neely in a statement. “For 16 seasons we have all watched Patrice grow not only into an elite player but also a tremendous leader.  Patrice represents the Bruins organization and our fans with integrity, determination and class. On and off the ice he embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we couldn’t be prouder that he will lead our team as Captain.”

"It is with great privilege that we present Patrice Bergeron as the 20th Captain of the Boston Bruins,” said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. “Patrice Bergeron exudes leadership, character, talent, will and empathy. We all know Bergy embraces the legacy of the Boston Bruins, as he will with the Captaincy. Bergy has earned the respect of all of his teammates, coaches and everyone in the Bruins organization. Congratulations to Patrice, Stephanie, Zack, Victoria and Noah.”

Bergeron, entering his 17th NHL season — all with the Bruins — ranks third in franchise in games played (1089) and game-winning goals (67), fifth in goals (352) and assists (517), and sixth in points (869). The 35-year-old center  also ranks third in Bruins history in playoff games played (149), playoff points (111), playoff assists (69) and fourth in playoff goals (42).

Among active NHL players, Bergeron ranks third in plus/minus (+201), 14th in points, 15th in assists, 17th in goals and 18th in games played. Also on his extensive resume are four Selke Trophies (and nine total nominations), the 2013 King Clancy Trophy, two Olympic Gold Medals and ... of course, a Stanley Cup championship with Boston.

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