With the shocking news of Zdeno Chara leaving the club during free agency, it not only left the team with a hole on the blueline but also without a captain.
While some teams might take a year to decide who their new captain is, the Bruins didn't need much time at all.
The Boston Bruins named Patrice Bergeron as the team's 20th captain in franchise history.
"It's a privilege to name Patrice the 20th Captain of the Boston Bruins," said Bruins President Cam Neely. "For 16 seasons we have all watched Patrice grow not only into an elite player but also a tremendous leader. Patrice represents the Bruins organization and our fans with integrity, determination and class. On and off the ice he embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we couldn't be prouder that he will lead our team as Captain."
"It is with great privilege that we present Patrice Bergeron as the 20th Captain of the Boston Bruins," said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. "Patrice Bergeron exudes leadership, character, talent, will and empathy. We all know Bergy embraces the legacy of the Boston Bruins, as he will with the Captaincy. Bergy has earned the respect of all of his teammates, coaches and everyone in the Bruins organization. Congratulations to Patrice, Stephanie, Zack, Victoria and Noah."
The "C" will look beautiful on Bergeron's jersey!
Integrity. Humility. Resiliency. The Boston Bruins are proud to announce Patrice Bergeron as the 20th captain in team history. ????: https://t.co/TQWwJcjarq pic.twitter.com/LizE6RClfD
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 7, 2021