Boston Bruins history for August 7:
2011: Patrice Bergeron has his first of two days with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Quebec City. He begins the day by taking Lord Stanley to Seminaire Saint-Francois in the city’s suburbs, a school with a hockey program where he played for a year in 2001-02. That day, about 50 players were trying out for the school team, and they didn’t know what was going to happen, so they were very surprised, needless to say. Bergeron spoke to them and suggested that maybe someday they would be the ones bringing the Cup back home. He then took the Cup to a children’s hospital and spent time with young patients and their families. Though it was a drizzly day outside, that didn’t matter to the crowds amassed on the waterfront at a pavilion erected to celebrate Quebec City’s 400-year anniversary back in 2008. Bergeron arrived to address them, then stuck around for two hours to sign autographs and take pictures. Then, he went indoors to do interviews and meet with his family and friends, including teammate Jordan Caron and former teammate Steve Begin. The day wrapped up with buses shuttling Bergeron and his crew up to a more rural part of the province, where Blu Station Spa is located. Bergeron is part of the ownership group of the spa. An ice sculpture of the Stanley Cup was part of the spread set up for partygoers, but so was the actual Stanley Cup, or at least until midnight when the first group of revelers decided to call it a night. A further group left at 2 a.m. Knowing that Bergeron is the kind of guy who really enjoys his sleep, he was probably among the first group to leave, especially so he could rest up for his second day with Lord Stanley.
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