The passing years haven’t dimmed the Olympic flame, which burns inside Patrice Bergeron.
The Boston Bruins captain provided a easy rationalization to reporters Monday why he’s excited NHL gamers will compete on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. NHL gamers haven’t featured within the Olympics since 2014, and Bergeron believes their return to the occasion in 2022 solely will enhance publicity and curiosity in hockey.
“The Olympics is the best sports activities occasion on this planet,” Bergeron mentioned. “And also you need to have the most effective athletes competing in that occasion. It’s been an honor personally to be there twice and compete with my teammates and attempt to characterize a rustic to the most effective of your means. It’s clearly nice information that as NHL gamers we’re going to be there and competing.
“I feel it’s a number of the finest hockey that you would be able to watch. The followers at all times appear to be very enthusiastic about it. I’ve heard rather a lot about it from the previous few Olympics (wherein NHL gamers competed) the place in Sochi (Russia in 2014) and Vancouver (Canada in 2010) have advised me that it’s a number of the finest hockey that they’ve seen, so it was entertaining and enjoyable to observe. So I feel it’s thrilling for everybody, for the followers, for the gamers.”
Bergeron helped Canada win gold medals within the 2010 and 2014 Video games. He’ll vie to characterize his nation once more in 2022.
“I feel as a participant you need to compete and be at your finest and be in these tournaments. Clearly, it’s not simple to do, and I don’t take it with no consideration in any respect,” Bergeron concluded. “Clearly it’s going to be arduous to be on that crew, however it’s clearly an important problem.”
If Bergeron earns a spot on Canada’s roster, he’ll be part of his Bruins boss, Bruce Cassidy, who’s one in all Workforce Canada’s assistant coaches. Brad Marchand, Taylor Corridor, Charlie McAvoy and different Bruins gamers additionally may compete in Beijing for his or her respective nations.