BRIGHTON, Mass – It was pretty clear that Patrice Bergeron was battling through some sort of injury during this past season, and we finally found out what it was on Bruins break-up day at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
Bergeron played the entire season with a sports hernia that happened in the final practice prior to the start of the 2016-17 regular season, and caused him to miss the first couple of games this season. The 31-year-old Bergeron had a bit of a down offensive season with 21 goals and 53 points, and got off to a very slow start to the regular season at least in part to playing through the nagging injury day-in and day-out.
It was thought that perhaps Bergeron had re-injured the ankle that was a nagging problem for him at the end of last season, but No. 37 set the record straight now that the season is over.
“We’re going to go through physicals today, but I’ve been going through a sports hernia all year. With the schedule it was definitely something that was nagging and was there for most of the year. But the breaks in the second half definitely helped make it feel a lot better,” said Bergeron. “It was one of those years where we fought and showed off a lot of character, but at the same time you never want to be satisfied and wish for better results.”
One has to wonder if participating in the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada contributed to Bergeron’s injury given how quickly all players ramped up for that tournament. The Selke Trophy finalist said it remains to be determined if the hernia injury will require surgery to repair, but Bergeron made it clear he “doesn’t want to go through the same thing again next season.”
So add another chapter to the book on Bergeron’s toughness and overall character after pushing through a season-long injury, and still performing well enough to help push the Black and Gold back into the playoffs this season.