It was a wholly different situation for Patrice Bergeron in Switzerland.
The Quebec native was near the Italian border playing for HC Lugano, and didn't speak the native tongue of the area. He also played right wing for the duration of his three-month stint in the Swiss League before playing a few games at his more familiar center spot during the Spengler Tournament in Davos.
Bergeron added another medal to his impressive trophy case by winning a Spengler Cup for Team Canada – something to go with his Stanley Cup championship, Olympic gold medal, World Junior Championship gold medal, and World Championship Gold in a laundry list of accomplishments that simply blare out "winner."
Now the 27-year-old alternate captain is simply happy to be back in Boston after posting 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 21 games for Lugano while waiting out the 113-day NHL lockout.
"I feel pretty good. I kept busy during the lockout. Obviously I've got to get back used to the small ice, but it's great to be back with the guys," said Bergeron. "I'm excited. You never know until you play your first game, but the tempo of the game was very fast. I also got to play in the Spengler Cup, and the competition in that was very high.
"I'm just looking forward to getting started now."
While Bergeron was playing more of an offensive role at the wing in Switzerland than his two-way responsibilities down the middle in Boston, the pivot isn't worried about jumping back into his defensive and faceoff duties. On Thursday he was skating with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin during battle drills in tight areas around the net, and it looked like little time had passed for one of Boston's well-entrenched forward lines.
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