The next season of the National Hockey League (NHL) may create several new rivalries, but nothing can beat a good old duel between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eternal rivals will not be able to face each other this season, since the Canadian plays in the North Division and the Bruins in the East Division.
“We’re going to be bored, it’s a great rivalry,” Patrice Bergeron said in an interview with Jean-Charles Lajoie on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be different not playing against the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs, but it’s a great challenge for us to evolve against these teams. [de la division Est]. “
According to many observers, the Bruins will play in the toughest division. But despite the injuries of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, Bergeron is confident.
“I won’t hide that these are two excellent players who bring their own skills to the team. We have confidence in our young people who are growing. We have to give them responsibilities and the chance to prove themselves. “
“We know for a fact that a shortened season is like a sprint. We want a good start and continue in that vein. ”
On January 7, the Bruins named the Quebecer captain of the team, the 20th in the history of the team.
“It is a great honor for me, [les Bruins c’est] one of the original 6 teams and the only team I played for. ”
“They have a lot of history with their captains, they are legends so it is with great humility that I received this honor,” said Bergeron.
However, Bergeron’s appointment comes at a cost: the loss of Zdeno Chara, who signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.
“It will be different [de le voir dans un autre uniforme], the last time was with the Ottawa Senators. He’s a great friend, a great leader, someone I learned a lot from. ”
“We had a great relationship as captain and assistant. It’s not the end of our friendship for sure, but playing against him, it will be different, ”sneered the native of Ancienne-Lorette.