What Patrice Bergeron said to Tage Thompson in a viral moment
Patrice Bergeron had a big night when the Bruins took down the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals to help Boston continue its NHL-best start.
But it’s what Bergeron did before the game started that has drawn praise from his opponent and his fans.
Shortly before the puck drop at KeyBank Center, Bergeron greeted Buffalo center Tage Thompson at the ice center and shared a few words with the young star. The interaction was clearly amicable, with the veteran sharing a couple of jabs and clubbing with the youngster after doing most of the talking. As the video made its way around, most thought it was just an example of Bergeron praising Thompson. What it ended up being was much more.
As the Bruins and Sabers celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Boston’s captain asked about Thompson’s wife, Rachel, asking how she was doing after having a cancerous mass removed from her right leg in January 2019. The question is clear. it meant a lot to Thompson.
“He’s big,” Thompson told The Buffalo News after Sabers practice Monday. “Obviously, he didn’t have to say anything. He went out of his way to check on her and ask how she was doing. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s just a genuine guy, he cares about other people.”
Bergeron received a positive update from Thompson, with the 25-year-old sharing that she is doing well and has seen each of her bone scans since surgery come back cancer-free. No further follow-up will be necessary if his next scan in the summer of 2023 is clean.
The two share a connection beyond their five seasons playing in the same division, as in 2004-05, a 19-year-old Bergeron was a teammate of Thompson’s father, Brent, with the Providence Bruins during the NHL shutdown. According to a story shared with The Buffalo News by Thompson, Bergeron was a frequent visitor to the family home and even played street hockey with 7-year-old Tage and his younger brother, Tyce.
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