Patrice Bergeron: Boston Bruins Center Set to Return from Switzerland

Chris BlanchardContributor IIIDecember 23, 2012


Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has ended his stay with Switzerland's HC Lugano and is set to return to North America after representing Canada at the Spengler Cup, according to a tweet from Szymon Szemberg. 

Bergeron has enjoyed a spectacular stint in the Swiss National League A. The center ranks 12th in the league in points with 29, despite playing at least eight fewer games than nine of the players ranked ahead of him. 

The 27-year-old is normally known for the superb defensive game that earned him the 2012 Frank J. Selke Trophy, but Bergeron has exploded in the offensive end for Lugano. 

He has scored 11 goals and dished out 18 assists in just 21 games, suggesting he may be ready to improve his NHL production next time he dons a Bruins jersey. 

Bergeron has shared the Swiss National League A with Boston linemate Tyler Seguin this fall and will team up with him for Canada at the Spengler Cup, which begins in Davos, Switzerland on Dec. 26. 

Seguin has dominated in Europe, leading the league and all locked out NHL players with 25 goals. It will be very exciting to see the two in matching uniforms again this holiday season, even if they are red instead of black and gold. 

Canada's Spengler Cup squad will feature a number of NHL stars normally unavailable for the annual tournament that includes some of Europe's best club teams. 

Bergeron and Seguin will see some familiar faces in the tournament as Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will lead Germany's Adler Mannheim against Team Canada in their tournament opener on December 26. 

When the competition concludes on December 31, Bergeron will return to North America with high hopes for an NHL season. 

With David Krejci also announcing his return this week, Bergeron will be the fourth Bruin to return from playing in Europe after goalie Tuukka Rask and center Chris Kelly came back to North America in late November. Once Bergeron is back in the western hemisphere, nine Bruins will remain overseas including Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Rich Peverley.