As a hockey player, and even after 19 seasons, Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron certainly had more to give.
Boston’s top-line center for well over a decade, the 38-year-old Bergeron was coming off what was yet another successful season, with 27 goals and 58 points in 78 appearances for what was a record-breaking Bruins team. And led by the league’s best faceoff percentage and another year of consistent two-way excellence, Bergeron extended his NHL-record reign over the Selke Trophy, and captured his sixth such trophy and in downright dominant fashion.
And though his season didn’t end the way he wanted it to — Bergeron suffered a herniated disc in his back in the final game of the regular season and was limited to just three postseason appearances (all losses) — it didn’t appear as if Bergeron was approaching the cliff that’s inevitably claimed the career of most, if not all, players.
So when Bergeron decided to make it official and retire from the game of hockey on Tuesday morning after over 20 years with the organization, the ‘why?’ felt like an obvious one.
But as Bergeron explained in a Wednesday morning press conference at TD Garden, this exit was about going on his own terms.