Exactly seven days before the Boston Bruins season opener, center Patrice Bergeron has been announced as the team's 20th Captain.

After 16 seasons with the team and 13 as an alternate captain, the sought after C will adorn the Quebec natives jersey.

Bergeron, who was drafted by the B's in 2003, replaces Zdeno Chara as captain after Chara left the team late last month and signed with the Washington Capitals.

In 2011, Bergeon helped lead the team to its first championship in 39 years scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal of Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. He was also an integral part of the team's return to the finals in 2013.

In addition to his time in Boston, Bergeron competes internationally for Canada and has won gold medals at the 2004 World Championships, as well the 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2014 Winter Olympics. 2011's Stanley cup win sealed Bergeron's fate as a member of the elite Triple Gold Club of hockey players who have achieved a gold medal at the World's, Olympics, and a Stanley Cup.

For 16 seasons we have all watched Patrice grow not only into an elite player but also a tremendous leader. Patrice represents the Bruins organization and our fans with integrity, determination and class. On and off the ice he embodies what it means to be a Bruin, and we couldn't be prouder that he will lead our team as Captain

Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy

Entering his 17th season with the Bruins, Bergeron currently ranks third in team history in games played (1,089) and game-winning goals (67), fifth in goals (352) and assists (517), and sixth in points (869).  He also ranks third in games played (149), playoff points (111), and playoff assists (69), and fourth in playoff goals (42).

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