Patrice Bergeron is awesome, this is a known fact and not really news to anyone. It's really cool to see him keep living up to that both on and off the ice - and today provides yet another example. Bergeron is helping rescue his junior team, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of Bathurst, New Brunswick, from being relocated or folded.
According to this CBC report and Radio-Canada's Francois Le Blanc, Bergeron, Roberto Luongo, Bruno Gervais, Sean Couturier, and Mathieu Perreault will all be part of a new 28+ member group of investors lead by local steel businessman Leopold Theriault who are buying the team from former owner/general manager Leo-Guy Morrissette. Morrissette has been looking to sell the Titan for a few years, according to this Yahoo report. The team is reportedly worth just over $3 million.
Of the five NHL players involved, four played for the Titan. Sean Couturier is actually from Bathurst; his father, Sylvain Couturier, has been re-appointed GM - he'd been GM from 2005-2011, when Morrissette took over. Previously, Couturier the elder worked as assistant coach - his first season with the team was Bergeron's only full season with the Titan.
Bergeron played four games with the Titan in 2001-2002 as a 16-year-old, then spent his entire age 17 season with the team, scoring 23 goals and 50 assists in 70 games of the Titan's regular season, and adding 6 goals and 9 assists in 15 playoff games. The team retired his number before a game against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Jordan Caron's old team!) on September 25, 2011 - while the Bruins were on a preseason trip to Halifax to play the Canadiens.
Here's the video they played during his retirement ceremony. It's pretty awesome.
Teams in the QMJHL seem to be constantly in flux; they relocate, rename, disband and expand at an incredible rate. It's sad to see teams move around; so much history gets lost in the shuffle, whether intentionally or not. It's really cool to see that Bergeron, Luongo, Gervais, and Perrault care about the team that shot them into relevance, whether they're from there or not - and it's cool to see Couturier throw support behind his dad and the community that raised him.