‘As I step away today, I have no regrets’: Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron hangs up skates

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron raises his stick to the fans after losing to the Florida Panthers in overtime during Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 30, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (WLNE) — Boston Bruins stalwart Patrice Bergeron is hanging up his skates.

Bergeron, a six-time Selke Trophy winner, announced Tuesday he was retiring from the National Hockey League.

“It is with a full heart and a lot of gratitude that today I am announcing my retirement as a professional hockey player,” he said.

The 38-year-old center said this wasn’t a “decision that I came to lightly.”

“But after listening to my body, and talking with my family, I know in my heart that this is the right time to step away from playing the game I love,” Bergeron wrote.

A native of Quebec, he was drafted by the Bruins in 2003 and played his entire NHL career in Boston.

Bergeron has served as Boston’s captain since January of 2021 and led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2011. Last season, the Bruins set a record with the most points and wins in NHL history. However, they lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The three-time All-Star finished his career with 1,040 points and 427 goals.

“As I step away today, I have no regrets. I have only gratitude that I lived my dream, and excitement for what is next for my family and I,” he said. “I left everything out there and I’m humbled and honored it was representing this incredible city and for the Boston Bruins fans.”

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