L'Ancienne-Lorette, PQ Drafted 2nd Rd, 45th Overall by Boston Bruins
One third of the top line for Canada with Corey Perry and Sidney Crosby, Bergeron benefitted from the lockout to come back and play for Gold. Patrice led all scorers and was named MVP of the tournament. Bergeron had the unusual distinction of actually winning a Men's World Championship Medal before capturing Junior Gold.
Bergeron's NHL career has been a roller coaster ride of emotion. A strong rookie campaign made him a "player to watch", but then a vicious hit from behind from Randy Jones, knocked Bergeron out of action for an extended period of time last year with a severe concussion. Patrice has since returned this year, stepping up as one of the Boston's best players with the absence of Savard and Lucic due to injury and Kessel due to trade to Toronto.
Bergeron was also named to the Olympic team with previous linemates Crosby and Perry....but unfortunately aside from a few faceoffs wins, has looked incredibly overmatched and over his head so far. Has Canadian fans screaming the name "STAMKOS"..who many felt would've been a better choice.