As long as you like good hockey he is an impossible player to hate.
This. One of my favorite players in the NHL, total warrior. And I don't think I've every heard anyone (fan or foe) say a bad word about him. From all accounts a real classy guy and a leader.
- Memorial Cup championship (with the Kitchener Rangers) - 2003
- World Junior gold medal - 2005
- Calder Cup championship (with the Philadelphia Phantoms) - 2004–05
- Winter Olympic Gold Medal - Vancouver 2010
- Stanley Cup championship (with the Los Angeles Kings) - 2011–12
Richards (per the NHL in an article Aug 2012 ) has the 'distinction of being the only player in NHL history to win at every level' Some have come close but he's the only one with all of them.
That's pretty impressive and he's only 27, like Bob McKenzie said of him this past draft day, he needs to get another trophy case, he's got more team hardware than anyone playing the game.
It's really quite interesting that the listed players have achieved so much tangible success and, at the same time, share many traits that are pervasive throughout this group. They are all offensively gifted, possess elite defensive awareness, and have incredible work ethic.
Amazing that he went from AA to AAA to the Q and in the NHL full time inside of 4 years.
Came out of nowhere....I missed him in training camp and wondered "who is this kid" when he made the team. Saw him play and very early on he was my favorite player.....and still is. The kid is humble, classy and has a work ethic bar none....hard to believe it was Marty Lapointe who mentored him.
2004 World Ice Hockey Championship (Gold)
2005 WJC (Gold)
2010 Olympic (Gold)
2011 Stanley Cup Champion
2012 Spengler Cup
Only big trophy missing is Memorial Cup. But his career is looking great so far.
Awards & Honors
2003–04: Played in the YoungStars Game (NHL)
2004 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships: World Ice Hockey gold
2005 IIHF World U20 Championships: World Ice Hockey gold, MVP, and All-Star Team
2010 Winter Olympics: Olympic gold
2010–11: Won Stanley Cup with Boston Bruins (Bergeron became 26th member of the Triple Gold Club)
2011-12: Won NHL Plus-Minus Award
2011-12: Won Frank J. Selke Trophy
2012 Spengler Cup: Winner with Team Canada
He should be the Bruins captain, too bad Chara has the captain clause in his contract
He will be.
Chara and Bergeron are basically share the captain role. One just has a "C" and the other an "A".
The most impressive part is that most of his higher awards have come after the concussion that almost ENDED his career... So glad he was able to return to his former self, and then some. He's been my favorite player since his rookie season.