Veteran Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins core leaders sent a stern message to their younger teammates on what they expect from each other as Phase 3 of the NHL Return To Play plan and training camp kicked off Monday. A day after multiple Montreal Canadiens tested positive for COVID19 and on the same day the Pittsburgh Penguins were forced to isolate nine players because of secondary COVID19 contact, Bergeron let it be known what will be most important if he and his teammates hope to not follow suit.
“Professionalism is going to be huge,” Bergeron said. “We need to rely on everyone for this thing to work. Right now, in phase 3, you’re allowed to go home and we’re not going to babysit you on your whereabouts and all that so it’s trusting one another and making sure that everyone is doing the right thing and is committed for this thing to work and move forward. I think that’s the most important thing, to be professionals about it, be smart and use common sense obviously.”
As some of the world, specifically, the United States, struggle to come to grips with the new normal, Bergeron, his teammates, and the entire NHL are hoping they can provide some sort of normalcy and a distraction for their fans.
“Normalcy is something we’re all seeking through this pandemic and it was hard for everyone,” Bergeron said in a Zoom media call Monday. “I’m talking about just life in general.