Profile in Courage Award? We nominate Patrice Bergeron.
Just what is it about these crazy, incredible hockey players that allows them to display the level of bravery and commitment that Bergeron did last night in playing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals at the Garden?
After the stunning end, the sudden blown lead and 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks that won them the Cup and broke the hearts of the Bruins, Bergeron stood up and described just what he had to go through to play this game.

He really didn’t want to get into details, concerned that it might sound as though he was making excuses. But he knew that many people wanted to know the extent of the injuries that knocked him out of Game 5 and made him doubtful for last night.
So he laid it out.
“I don’t like to do that, but I know there’s some media that might not be there (at the breakup day tomorrow), so . . .”
He paused, took a breath.
“I had a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscles, and I had a separated shoulder,” said Bergeron, very softly. “Well, the shoulder was (last night). So yeah, there was a lot of help from the medical staff.”
Remarkably, Bergeron played 24 shifts, 17:45 of ice time. He was credited with two hits — two hits! — and won 5-of-11 faceoffs. As we will learn, he wasn’t the only Bruin playing in pain. But he was the only Bruin who was sent to a hospital in an ambulance Monday night in Chicago.
“It’s the Stanley Cup final,” said Bergeron. “Everybody is banged up. Everybody wants to help the team. I couldn’t do that in Game 5. It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt; that’s why we had to go to the hospital. Everything was fine. It was just the ribs and muscles and soft tissue.
“Obviously I would have liked to stay in (Game 5) but I was going through a lot of pain.”