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When an all-time Boston sports legend like Patrice Bergeron retires, the right thing to do is to take a moment and reflect.

 

The timing of Bergeron’s announcement was, well, cosmic here at ROCK 92.9. Earlier this morning, another Boston sports legend–David Ortiz–was in the building. Fresh off a trip to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame weekend (he, of course, was inducted last year), Big Papi is back in Mass talking up his new line of premium cannabis. You can listen to my interview with him. And you should!

 

As soon as I wrapped up my chat with Big Papi, I was on social media, sharing the pic of us outside the ROCK 92.9 studios. After I shared, I started scrolling, and that’s when I saw the news from my old friend Kevin Paul Dupont, sportswriter at the Boston Globe:

 

What Bruins fans feared (but secretly knew) was coming had come indeed: Patrice Bergeron is hanging up his skates.

 

Patrice Bergeron Retires: a Salute to the Bruins Legend

The retirement announcement came by way of this statement on the Boston Bruins website. It reads, in part:

“For the last 20 years I have been able to live my dream every day. I have had the honor of playing in front of the best fans in the world wearing the Bruins uniform and representing my country at the highest levels of international play. I have given the game everything that I have physically and emotionally, and the game has given me back more than I could have ever imagined.

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

 

It’s going to take some time for Boston sports fans to process this one. While we do, let’s look back at some of Bergey’s best moments as a Bruin, from when he was drafted by Boston in 2003 through his Stanley Cup win in 2011.

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