BOSTON (CBS) — Though the Bruins lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the team displayed a gutsy effort that made the city of Boston proud. While every player in a Black and Gold jersey was dealing with some sort of pain or injury this late into the postseason, no played personified what it means to be a hockey player more than Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins’ leader left Game 5 with an unknown injury and was taken to a Chicago hospital, and after the series ended, Bergeron revealed what he had been dealing with. Bergeron said he was playing with a broken rib and torn cartilage. To make matters worse, he sustained a separated shoulder while playing in Game 6.
I know it’s a cliche that’s beaten into the ground, but hockey players really are a different breed. A broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder? C’mon. Those are injuries that literally end seasons in every other sport. Literally. And Bergeron doesn’t even miss a game. I mean fucking baseball players cut their fingernails too short or get a blister and they grab a stint on the 15 day DL. I know they’re different sports, I know it’s like comparing apples and oranges. But still, you have to look at a guy like this and think, “If my kid is 1/16th that man then I’ve done my job.”