VANCOUVER — Regardless of how many times Patrice Bergeron comes back to Vancouver and what’s now called Rogers Arena, the city and building will always hold a special place in his heart.
Just last winter, Bergeron was part of Team Canada’s gold-medal-winning squad at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“Those are memories I’ll never forget,” he said today during the team’s media day at the site of tomorrow’s Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. “Obviously getting the chance to win a gold medal on Canadian soil in Vancouver was something special. It’s fun to come back here.
“But at the same time we have a job to do and it’s about making sure we concentrate on Game 1 and don’t think about anything else. For me it’s about just going out there and playing my game.”
Bergeron might have a better idea of what it’s going to take to get the job done. While he hasn’t enjoyed much NHL postseason success, Bergeron has won an Olympic gold medal plus gold medals at the IIHF World Championship and World Junior Championship. Does winning those titles give him an idea of what it takes to be the last team standing?
“I think so, but at the same time [the Olympics] is only one game and this is a series. So that’s the difference, I guess,” he said. “But I guess learning to win and once you feel it and you live that moment, you want to do it again. And I guess that’s something that I’ve learned from the experience at the Olympics but also at the World Juniors and the championships that I’ve won, it’s the feeling of satisfaction that you have.”