Sabers’ Tage Thompson shares classy moment from Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron: ‘He’s just a genuine guy’
Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was spotted having what appeared to be a light hearted conversation Buffalo Sabers star Tage Thompson at center ice before the two teams met Saturday night.
Days later, Thompson revealed to The Buffalo News the Bruins veteran approached him to ask how his wife was doing after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2019.
“It’s big,” Thompson said Monday. “Obviously, he didn’t have to say anything. He went out of his way to check on her and ask how she’s doing. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s just a genuine guy, he cares about others.”
According to the outlet, Thompson’s wife, Rachel, had a cancerous mass removed from her leg in 2019 and has been cancer-free ever since.
Bergeron, who played with Thompson’s father in the AHL during the 2004 NHL lockout, confirmed the conversation with Boston hockey now.
“His wife was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, and I think she’s cancer-free now. So I was just saying that I was thinking about her and I was happy for them,” he told the network. “He wasn’t sure he was cancer-free, and he said so [to me that she was cancer-free] so he was very happy for him, for her, and for his family. It was great”.
Bergeron added that he remembered Thompson and his brother while playing for the Providence Bruins that season and said it “came full circle” to now share the ice with him. the NHL
“It’s one of those things where it hits you a little bit,” Bergeron said. “It was an eye-opener and having Tage on the ice and doing so well in the league and coming into his own is very impressive. I feel like I know him a little bit. [from] knowing him as a child when he was in Providenceso it’s pretty special.”
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