Bruins' Patrice Bergeron earns Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

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Bergeron earns Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Patrice Bergeron missed out on adding a fifth Frank J. Selke Trophy to his mantel, but the Boston Bruins captain did add another piece of hardware to his collection on Wednesday.

Bergeron received the 2021 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is given to the player who "exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

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"It's a huge honor," Bergeron told Messier after being presented with the award. "Obviously, there's more than just the Xs and Os and playing the game of hockey. It's about the community and what impact it can bring to people, obviously to your team but beyond that and to grow the game of hockey. ...

"I want to especially thank Brad [Marchand] and David [Krejci] and the rest of our leadership group for all that they've done to help make the Bruins such a special team to play for."

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Bergeron is coming off his 17th NHL season, all with the Bruins. The soon-to-be 36-year-old ranks third in franchise history in games played (1,143) and game-winning goals (70), fourth in points (917) and fifth in goals (375) and assists (542).

In addition to his contributions on the ice, Bergeron has been a key leader off of it. In 2006, Bergeron founded "Patrice's Pals" to fund and provide the opportunity for young hockey fans from hospitals and children's organizations in Boston to attend Bruins games. That's just one example of Bergeron's countless contributions to the community.

Needless to say, it's a well-deserved award for the beloved Bruin.