The attacker of the Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron hope to have the opportunity to finish the season 2019-2020. However, it is important that this be done ” the right way, both at the level of the health of the family “, he says.
At the time of the campaign in the break, the Bruins trônaient in the first rank of the national hockey League with a crop of 100 points after the first 70 games played. Again this year, Boston was one of the favorites to win the top honors.
In recent weeks, several scenarios have circulated concerning a possible return to competition this season. Bergeron, who has remained in the Boston area, following with interest the news. He said he would be open to a return to the game, but not necessarily at any price.
“We want to finish the season, but we want also that the decisions that will be taken to have common sense. For the moment, there are a lot of ideas, but nothing official “, he mentioned Thursday on the sidelines of a video conference held with members of the media to announce the changes to the next edition of the Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, a charity event annual that comes in to help the four foundations.
Camera : not ideal
The # 37 of the boston Bruins is also well aware of the possibility to hold the end of the season behind closed doors, that would force the players to remain away from their families for several weeks, or even months for the teams that would be the end of the road in the playoffs.
“This is a situation that would be far from ideal and it is the reason for which several ideas are still under study. We will see then what is best for all. I will not hide that it was a super great opportunity as a team and you always want to have a chance to play in the playoffs and win the cup. However, I am a father of a family and it is important for me to know that my children and my wife are in a safe environment, but also that I can see them without having to go away for three months. I am certain that they will find a situation in which, without appeal to everyone, going to be the most sensible thing possible. “
Chara back ?
A colleague has asked Bergeron if he had hoped to start the season in order to perhaps provide a last chance to Zdeno Chara to win the big trophy.
“I don’t think it is complete on his side, he mentioned without hesitation, with a smile, about a possible retirement of the great defender. This being said, our core includes several players who are aging and it knows that the window to win is shrinking more and more. ”
A Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron version pandemic
Forced to cancel the edition 2020 of the Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron because of the ban of large gatherings, the organization of the event has still found a way to raise funds to help the four foundations that it sponsors, either Leucan, the Pinion, Blue, foundations Philippe Boucher and Maurice Tanguay.
Rather than hold a match involving several players of the national hockey League as well as amateur, Pro-Am will hold an online auction, from 15 to 30 August, in which it will be possible to bet on more than 50 articles related to the world of sports including jerseys autographed by Patrice Bergeron, Simon Gagne, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Phillip Danault as well as rackets that once belonged to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu.
A challenge bike will also be put in place. From 15 July to 15 September, teams of 2 to 5 people will be invited to travel 100 miles to the place and time of their choice, while making a donation of $ 5,000 to the Pro-Am, money which will then be redistributed equally among the four foundations. All, of course, respecting the rules of social distancing. A challenge for children, 10 km, is also arranged for a donation of $ 500 per team.
In total, 18 teams have already signified their interest to participate in the bike challenge, and the goal of the Pro-Am is 30 by 15 July for attempting to raise $ 150,000 for this year. This amount would allow the organization reached the milestone of$ 2 Million raised in 12 editions of the event.
“Everyone treated us crazy when we said that we wanted to make a replacement event because everyone cancels. From our side, we gave the choice to the amateur players to keep their $ 1000 deposit, and there are even some that are going to make a team for the bike challenge, ” explained the chairman of the organizing committee, Alain Rioux.
Important to continue
For Simon Gagne, it was important to continue to support the foundations in spite of the current events.
“We met often in the last month and we wanted to find a way to raise five, ten, fifteen or twenty thousand dollars for the foundation. We didn’t want to abandon them. So it was decided to organize several smaller things that will allow us to raise money. It has been close to our heart to do something, even if we unfortunately had to cancel the hockey game “, he mentioned.